Mayors Adaptation Forum

Resilient Cities Congress

Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted every year in Bonn.

In 2010 ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, Germany launched Resilient Cities, the first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change (in 2012 renamed as Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation). More than 500 participants and beyond 30 partners each year helped make Resilient Cities a milestone event connecting local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe.

The congress offers a number of sessions and events on a wide variety of topics amongst which were urban risk, resilient urban logistics, financing the resilient city, urban agriculture, smart infrastructure and many more.

Resilient Cities also supports the annual Bonn Declaration of Mayors – written by local leaders during the Mayors Adaptation Forum, organized with the World Mayors Council on Climate Change.






8-10 June 2015

All cities, public and private sector representatives, academics, researchers, practitioners and anyone with a genuine interest in the topic of urban resilience and adaptation to climate change are invited to attend the congress. Plan your participation in advance and profit from our discounted early-bird fees, available until:1 April 2015.


Resilient Cities 2014 hosted the 4th Mayors Adaptation Forum, which enabled close dialogue between local and global leaders. The 2014 forum focused on urban adaptation and biodiversity, climate governance, Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda.



Resilient Cities 2013 featured over 40 sessions on urban resilience. In addition to a number of theme sessions, this year's congress featured three forums:

The third Mayors Adaptation Forum, hosted at the congress,  was attended by representatives from Baya el Garbia, Bonn, Dar es Salaam, Tshwane, Cochin, Vancouver, Dumangas, Kathmandu, Linköping, Matale, Nantes, Tevragh Zenia, Ouagadougou, Pekalongan, Probolinggo, Antwerp, Seferihisar, Seoul and Shimla.  Several added their names to the Durban Adaptation Charter for Local Governments.  The assembled municipal leaders concluded the forum with the 2013 Bonn Declaration of Mayors



Financing was the key topic of Resilient Cities 2011 congress which kicked off with a launch of a white paper on „Financing the Resilient City‟. The report identifies shortfalls in the global funding structures for adaptation, and sets out innovative ways to overcome them. Download it here: [4 page summary, pdf] [full report, pdf].

For the second time congress hosted World Mayors Adaptation Forum. After two days of high-level meetings, 35 cities from all continents approved the2011 Bonn Declaration of Mayors [declaration, pdf].

Among the local leaders present are the mayors of Mexico City, Bonn, Dar es Salaam, Copenhagen, Harare, Suwon City, Quezon City, Lagos State, Jerusalem, Kampala, Kaohsiung, Sao Paulo, Johanesburg, and Brussels.




Resilient Cities 2010 took place on 28-30 May 2010 in Bonn Germany and was the kick off event of the Resilient Cities congress series. It concluded with the signing of the Bonn Declaration of Mayors, a road map for the World Mayors Council on Climate Change's trajectory toward the next UN climate change conference (COP 16) in Cancún, Mexico, and beyond.

Read the Bonn Declaration of Mayors in EnglishFrench and Spanish.