2024 UCP Conference

🌍What is Urban and Urban Resilience?


In the global agenda, the term "urban" holds significant importance, typically denoting regions characterized by dense populations, developed infrastructure, vibrant economic activities, and bustling social interactions. However, it's crucial to acknowledge the absence of a universal definition for urban areas, as interpretations vary based on contextual factors and national standards. Urban areas are generally distinguished from rural counterparts by several key indicators, including population size, land usage patterns, and levels of economic development. The United Nations offers one framework for defining urban areas, often relying on administrative or political boundaries, alongside metrics such as population density. Urban areas serve as epicenters of innovation, economic dynamism, cultural exchange, and social diversity, driving global progress and prosperity. However, they also confront a myriad of challenges, including poverty, inequality, insufficient infrastructure, environmental pollution, and heightened vulnerability to natural disasters. Understanding the multifaceted nature of urban areas is essential for crafting effective policies and initiatives within the global agenda. By addressing both the opportunities and challenges presented by urbanization, stakeholders can work towards fostering inclusive, resilient, and sustainable urban environments for the benefit of all inhabitants.   


Late in 2022, the world's population surpassed 8 billion, with a significant portion of the growth occurring in urban regions. Currently, over 80 percent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) emanates from these urban centers. Projections suggest that by 2030, urban areas will house 60 percent of the global population. These cities, towns, and settlements serve as the backdrop for numerous developmental hurdles and prospects alike. The Political Declaration stemming from the midterm review of the Sendai Framework, ratified by nations during the UN General Assembly in May 2023, issued clear directives to expedite advancements in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. It emphasized the imperative of fostering cities that are inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. UNDRR has expanded its array of user-friendly tools to aid local governments in elevating their ambition and actions, ranging from comprehending climate and disaster risks to executing solutions. Additionally, UNDRR spearheads the Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) initiative, a global partnership rallying national and local governments alongside a host of international stakeholders dedicated to enhancing urban resilience. Please find detailed information on below link and download guiding documents. 

 - UN SDG Goals 11: Sustainable cities and communities

 - UNDRR : Urban resilience, Making Cities Resilient  

 - UN-HABITAT: Resilience and Risk Reduction



 

🌍What is the Urban Resilience in RCRC Movement. 


In 2022, the Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement adopted Resolution 11, “Strengthening the Resilience of Urban Communities: Our Way Forward.” This resolution draws on IFRC Strategy 2030 specifically on its commitment to increase the capacities of at least 50 National Societies “to have context-specific urban strategies in place to enable them to prepare for and respond effectively to shock and stresses caused by disasters and crises. This includes supporting 50 cities in adapting to longer-term impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, and protecting 250 million people from heat by 2025.” One of the objectives of this resolution is to use the Movement’s strengths and experience to lead thinking and innovation on humanitarian action in urban contexts.

Through this Resolution, Movement members commit to:

  - Strengthen partnerships with relevant urban stakeholders (local authorities, other NGOs, academia and the private sector)

  - Scale up services and successful approaches to build resilience (focusing especially on the sustainability of the efforts, with the involvement of communities in finding solutions)

  - Use the Movement’s strengths and experience to lead thinking and innovation on humanitarian action in urban contexts.

 For the more information, please visit to: 

  - IFRC: IFRC Urban resilience

  - IFRC Urban Toolkits: Urban Toolkits 



🌍 What is RCRC Urban Collaboration Platform? 

 * Please download the below final reports for the each UCP workshop/Conference.    

The Urban Collaboration Platform (UCP) is an informal network that aims to help Red Cross/Crescent (RCRC) National Societies to be better informed, better connected and better engaged in understanding and working in urban context. The platform has been led by the IFRC Secretariat and American Red Cross (ARC) since early 2016, with strong support from several National Societies (NSs), the RCRC Climate Center and Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC).  This year’s UCP Conference aims to bring together National Societies to exchange learning and share good practices on urban resilience programming in local climate actions, heatwave preparedness, urban emergency preparedness and response, health and WASH, shelter and settlements, fragile, conflict and violence (FCV)  in urban areas, and urban collaboration.  This year, the Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Center (APDRC) and the Korean Red Cross are hosting the conference in the City of Seoul - a vibrant, dynamic city that embodies an infusion of economic growth, sustainable development, nature conservation, and cultural heritage preservation. 


🌍2024 UCP Conference 

OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of the UCP has always been to exchange experience, learn from each other and explore new opportunities and ways of working to be better informed, better connected and better engaged.

As the membership grows and becomes more competent in urban programming, the ambition of the UCP is to become the main platform to consult and advise on the way forward for the urban resilience agenda of the IFRC network and in doing so adopt resilience thinking in all phases and across all domains of our humanitarian work in urban contexts. For the conference this year, the Urban Collaboration Platform aims to contribute in reaching the targets set under the IFRC Strategic Plan 2021-2025:

 - 250 million people are better protected from heat (the most ignored and rapidly rising climate risk) by 2025, in at least 150 cities and towns.

 - 50 coastal cities are supported to adapt to longer-term impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, by 2025.

 - 50 National Societies have shelter and urban strategies in place by 2025, which include city-level coordination, partnerships with development actors and actionable municipal contingency and response plans.


FOCUS

To achieve the objectives, the conference will focus on providing National Societies with knowledge and skills to sustainably support vulnerable communities in carrying out innovative and localized urban resilience initiatives and activities through collaboration and partnership with city/municipal governments and stakeholders. Specific areas of discussion and sharing can include the following: 

 - Practical, easy-to-do local climate actions to address heatwaves, intense and frequent flooding, coastal city resilience

 - Collaboration and partnership with city governments and stakeholders 

 - Engagement of National Societies in current initiatives with global partners such as MCR2030, ICLEI, and WWF

 - Access to climate finance through IFRC’s Global Climate Resilience Fund, the Green Climate Fund available to city governments, other climate resilience funds 

 - National Society readiness on different thematic areas to include urban volunteering, earthquake preparedness, epidemic preparedness, and working in FCV contexts


- Period: 2nd ~ 5th July (4 days)

- Number of Participants: about 70 (International: 50, Korean: 20)


For the detailed information, please download below concept note and register via https://forms.gle/mzQ87nyeDz963pKe8        

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- Event Schedule

DAY

TIME

ACTIVITY

DESCRIPTION

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2 JULY

09:00 - 10:00

Opening Session

 

 

The award ceremony of Korea Limitless Contest.  

Opening Remarks

Kim Chul-soo 

President

Korean Red Cross


Video message (4mins)

XAVIER Castellanos 

Under-Secretary General, IFRC Geneva Office


Welcome Speech

Luis Rodriguez,
Lead Climate and Resilience. IFRC Asia Pacific Regional Office 


Congratulatory remarks

Oh See-hoon

City Mayor

Seoul

 

Lee Seung-gi

Korean Red Cross 

Climate Resilience Ambassador



Urban talk

(main room)

10:00 – 10:15

Group photo / Coffee Break + Video Screening


10:15 - 11:45

 

(90min)

Urban Talks -1- 

[hosted by IFRC]

 

“Words to Action” shaping a joint multi-stakeholder urban and climate agenda


This session brings together actors from the RCRC Movement, city networks, donors and other important stakeholders to discuss how all actors can work together to increase impact and showcase collaborative action addressing climate related challenges in cities, and building the resilience of vulnerable urban communities and cities that find themselves on the frontline of the battle against climate change.



Urban talk

11:45 – 12:15

 

(30min)

Urban Hangouts 

In this breakout session, conference participants will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the different subtopics presented during the previous Urban Talks session. Participants will be divided into different small groups where they will engage in a deeper discussion and share insights and learning from their respective National Societies related to their assigned topics.



Urban hangout_cafe_playground

12:15 - 13:25

 LUNCH BREAK

Hotel

13:25 - 13:30

Announcements and Instructions


13:30 - 14:30

 

(60min)

Urban Café

Australian Red Cross

Foundations for Heatwave Resilience in Cities

 

Honduras Red Cross 

Building Coalitions to Address Extreme Heat in Cities

 

Lebanese Red Cross

Heat Island Mapping in Beirut

 

 

 

Urban hangout_cafe_playground

 

14:30 - 14:35

Announcements and Instructions


14:35 - 15:35

 

(2x30min)

Urban Playground

In this marketplace session, IFRC and its Reference Centers will present current tools and innovations that National Societies can use to support urban community resilience. 

Urban Compass 

[Jeff Woods, IFRC]


Climate Resilience Measurement for Communities 

[Francsico Ianni, IFRC]


Innovative Games for Cities and Climate

[Aynur and Ramiz, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre]


Virtual Reality Games for Urban Resilience

[Jaeseok PARK, APDRC]


Urban talk

(main room)

 

 

 

 

breakout room

 

Urban hangout_cafe_playground

 

15:35 - 16:00

Coffee Break + Video Screening


 

16:00 - 16:30

Heat Action Day sharing and presentations

Urban talk

(main room)

 

16:30 - 17:15

Plenary Discussions


Urban talk

(main room)

-End of Day 1 –

 

 

 

3 JULY

09:00 - 09:05

Announcements and Instructions


09:05 - 10:15

 

(70min)

Urban Talks -2-

[hosted by American Red Cross, Climate Centre and IFRC]


Scaling Up and Scaling Deep: Effective Strategies from National Societies in Advancing Urban Climate Resilience Programming

 

The session will highlight how National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies have been able to grow and scale up their urban Climate Resilience programming through various strategies and approaches. The session will highlight how the NS have been able to identify potential urban themes and build on those to expand and position themselves in the larger urban discourse of the country. National Society panel speakers will identify key moments or success and how they have been able to scale these in advancing their urban Climate Resilience programming.


 

Urban talk

(main room)

 

10:15 - 10.30

Coffee Break + Video Screening


10:30 – 11:10

 

 

Urban Hangouts 

In this breakout session, conference participants will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the different topics presented during the previous Urban Talks session. Participants will be divided into different small groups where they will engage in a deeper discussion and share insights and learning from their respective National Societies related to their assigned topics.

 

 

Urban hangout_cafe_playground

 

11:10 - 11:15

set up urban cafe 

 

11:15 - 12:15

 

(60 min)

Urban Café

British Red Cross

Community-Centric Urban Resilience: Strengthening Local Governance Partnerships

 

Korean Red Cross 

Introduction of Rainwater Drain Nets Installation and Plogging Relay Campaigns for Summer Torrential Rain Response due to Climate Change

 

Mexico Red Cross

Intervention Strategy with a Resilience Approach in Urban Contexts -  The Case of San Luis Potosi, Mexico

 

Myanmar Red Cross

Building Climate-resilient Water Systems in Sittwe, Rakhine, Myanmar

 

Urban hangout_cafe_playground

12:15 - 13:25

LUNCH BREAK

Hotel

13:25 - 13:30

Announcements and Instructions

 

13:30 - 14:45

 

(75 min)

Urban Talks -3-

[hosted by German Red Cross and  IFRC]


Informality and Urban Violence

During times of social tension and elections, violence often manifests initially in informal settlements. This session will briefly explore the general themes and trends of causation, identification of warning signs, and how National Societies can respond while supporting community resilience.



Urban talk

(main room)

14:45 - 14:50

set up Urban Cafe


14:50 – 15:35

(45 min)

Urban Café 

 

Colombia Red Cross

Three Colombian Urban Areas Embrace Flood Resilience

 

Philippine Red Cross 

Sustainability and Urban Resilience Building: The Case of the Pintakasi Hub

 

Singapore Red Cross

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Urban hangout_cafe_playground

15:35 - 16:05 

Urban Hangouts  

In this breakout session, conference participants will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the different subtopics presented during the previous Urban Talks session. Participants will be divided into different small groups where they will engage in a deeper discussion and share insights and learning from their respective National Societies related to their assigned topics.

 

Urban hangout_cafe_playground

16:05 - 16:30

Coffee Break + Video Screening


16:30 - 17:15

Korean tea ceremony  

Tea Ceremony room


17:15 - 18:00

Plenary Discussion

Urban talk

(main room)

-End of Day 2-

 

 

 

 

4 JULY

09:00 - 09:10

Announcements and Instructions


09:10 - 10:40

Urban Talks -4-

[hosted by Korean Red Cross and APDRC]


Strengthening Partnerships for Urban Resilience

 

This session will explore the current partnerships of IFRC and National Societies with other organizations on urban resilience programs. How can National Societies benefit from these partnerships? How do National Societies operate in partnerships established by IFRC? Experiences from National Societies will be shared together with potentials for National Societies working and collaborating with city governments.


Urban talk

(main room)

10:40 – 11:00

Coffee Break + Video Screening


11:00 -11:30

Urban Hangouts 

In this breakout session, conference participants will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the different subtopics presented during the previous Urban Talks session. Participants will be divided into different small groups where they will engage in a deeper discussion and share insights and learning from their respective National Societies related to their assigned topics.


Urban hangout_cafe_playground

11:30 – 12:15

Plenary Discussions + Closing Program

Urban talk

(main room)

12:15 – 12:30

Announcements and Instructions


12:30 - 13:30

 LUNCH BREAK

Hotel

13:30 – 17:00

Field visit to Magok Safety Experience Center



18:00

Meet for dinner hosted by KRC ( with Bus directly from the field trip )


 

 

🌍 Remarks :Detailed information on the welcome pack will continuously be updating in soon time.