Standard for urban resilience in development

July 13th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

Work on a new International Standard for urban resilience, led by the United Nations, has just kicked off, aiming to help local governments build safer and more sustainable urban environments. The new ISO standard for urban resilience is aimed at supporting national and local governments build their capacity to face the new challenges arising from climate change and shifting demographics. It will define a framework for urban resilience, clarify the principles and concepts, and help users to identify, implement and monitor appropriate actions to make their cities more resilient.

The development of the standard is being led by UN-Habitat, the United Nations programme for human settlements, as part of their urban resilience programme. It will benefit from their 15 years of experience in the field, as well as that of international experts on the ISO technical committee responsible for the standard, ISO/TC 292, Security and resilience.

Esteban Leon, Head of the City Resilience Profiling Programme at UN-Habitat, and a key member of the working group developing the standard, highlighted that a resilient city must assess, plan and act to prepare for and respond to all challenges, whether they be sudden or not.

The new standard in development will also draw from other related ISO documents and the expertise and experience in other ISO technical committees. These include a series of standards on security and resilience and the work of ISO/TC 268, Sustainable cities and communities. It will contribute directly to UN Sustainable Development Goal SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities.

Contact Clare Naden, ISO, naden@iso.org

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