Resilient Cities and Nations Collaborative Platform
Description/achievement of initiative

The Resilient Cities and Nations Collaborative Platform will advance UNISDR's mission to increase the capacities of nations and cities to reduce disaster risk through a global, real-time, open knowledge-sharing exchange. The result will empower local and national governments and individuals to make decisions that advance sustainable development actions, policies and resource allocations, increase resilience to present and future threats, and strengthen local-level inputs to the Post-2015 HFA Framework. The Platform will also represent a wider recognition by the United Nations of the importance of connecting people and building partnerships toward the goal of improving livelihoods across the world.

Implementation methodologies

Development and deployment of the Platform will take a Modular approach, divided into Four Modules over 4 years. Priority will be placed on improving existing capabilities, database management, and the access to, and utilization of, current DRR tools and resources available through the PreventionWeb and the Making Cities Resilient Campaign websites. An Advisory Board comprising multiple stakeholder partners with expertise and capabilities in this field will be created to provide guidance on developing the Platform. UNISDR will launch an Innovation Competition to solicit ideas from multiple sources, including universities and the private sector. The winner[s] will be selected by an independent jury and will join the Advisory Board to develop the ToR for a Tender process to procure a technology development supplier[s]. We anticipate further input and support from UNISDR's existing public-private sector partnerships and donors. The Platform will utilize the technology market's current strengths in database management, search functionalities, web-based marketing and conferencing facilities, and cloud computing, while accounting for current limitations in online translation, privacy and security issues, and other complexities associated with user-based and social media websites. Quality control and data cleansing could be overseen by a revolving Advisory Group, which could include a full-time, dedicated moderator/facilitator.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
Progress reports
Goal 11
(1)Establishment of Resilient Cities and Nations Collaborative Platform Platform Advisory Board, (2)Finalize Platform scope, time-lines and budgets, (3)Secure budgetary commitments, Launch ?Innovative Competition?Establish database of good practice example.
Launch Match-making capability: A function that enables users to announce gaps and needs, and as well offers of cooperation and expertise and solutions, with a corresponding discussion forum on implementation, which facilitates a Q&A.
(1)Launch Search Function: Categories and search that enable partners and cities to easily find and share information by hazard type, geographic location, event, and other disaster risk reduction themes and issues (2) Complete translation of majority.
(1)User-generated, open-knowledge platform that leverages social media.(2)Translation of entire Platform content into at least three UN languages (3)Implement system for ongoing monitoring and quality control (4)Complete full integration.
Financing (in USD)
400,000 USD
In-kind contribution
A combination of direct donor financing and in-kind contributions through UNISDR and the campaign's existing network and public-private partnerships is expected. Initial budget estimate is $100,000 per year over 4 years.

Basic information
Time-frame: 2014 - January 10, 2016
United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
Contact information
Helena Molin Valdes, Director ai, molinvaldes@un.org
United Nations