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Urban-A to World Urban Forum 2020


Urban-A will participate at the World Urban Forum 2020 in Abu Dhabi from 8-13 February.

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Global Alliance on Urban Crises and NORCAP/NRC, Urban-A will be moderating the Alliance's side event on Sunday.

Crisis prevention and response in cities: It’s time to take a whole of society approach

Sunday 9 February 2020, Hall 2 Room 3, 12.30 – 1.30 pm


Urbanization intersects with climate change, natural disasters, conflict and displacement - and is a critical lens through which to review national and international efforts to prevent, prepare for and respond to crises, conflict and disasters. The confluence of these challenges and the urban arena in which they are manifested precludes any one actor or any one solution from addressing the scale, urgency, and complexity of urban crises today and in the future. To address this effectively, collaboration and holistic thinking is required.

Through creating both horizontal and vertical partnerships with international and regional organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and professional organizations, cities will have a strengthened capacity to better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Acknowledging this - by bringing together representatives from different parts of society, the session will highlight the importance of taking a whole-of-society approach to urban crises, prevention and response, recognizing the key role of local governments.

Session discussants comprise of members of the Global Alliance for Urban Crises ( ), a global, multi-disciplinary and collaborative community of practice working on different spheres of disasters, climate change and crises in the urban context. The session will focus on two specific questions:

  1. How can a whole of society approach limit the rising impacts of urban crises?

  2. How can we shift urban crises into opportunities to catalyze resilience and advance sustainable development?

The event will comprise predominantly of a moderated Q&A round-table discussion. Following an initial introduction of round-table representatives from diverse stakeholder groups, the session will commence by presenting a set of common challenges faced in urban crises. Round-table discussants will respond, outlining how such challenges can be met collaboratively, followed by questions from the audience.

Ms. Synne Bergby, Urban – A, Moderator


  1. Mr. Mohamed Bousraoui, United Cities and Local Governments (Local Government)

  2. Mr. Mourade Dieye GUEYE Dakar City Council, Senegal (Local Government)

  3. Ms. Aline Rahbany, Technical Director, Urban Programming, World Vision International (INGO)

  4. Mr. Filiep Decorte, Chair Steering Committee Global Alliance for Urban Crises, UN-Habitat (UN)

  5. Ms. Aynur Kadihasanoglu, Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement (RCRC)

  6. Mr. Peter Oborn, UK-Built Environment Advisory Group (Built Environment)

  7. Ms. Lucy Early, Principal researcher, Human Settlements, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) (Academic/research)

The Global Alliance for Urban Crises

The Global Alliance for Urban Crises was launched during the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. Inspired by the commitments outlined within the Urban Crises Charter, the Alliance is a global, multi-disciplinary and collaborative community of practice, seeking to change practice on the ground and provide a platform to share current evidence and knowledge across members, whilst reaching out to new stakeholders active in urban crises.



Read more about the Alliance here



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