Session 2 – Day 2

Resilience: Strengthening EU Development policy in its implementation.

The contribution of Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities.

Tuesday 26 June (11:30 – 13:00)


Vulnerability and exposure to natural and human-prone disasters are increasing faster than ever. In order to implement the SDGs, we need to reduce the likelihood and the impact of disasters, while enhancing resilience, i.e. the ability of a system, community or society to resist, absorb, accommodate and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner. Resilience has thus been identified by the EU and its partners as a crosscutting element that supports achievements in various fields, including sustainable development, climate change adaptation, sustainable urbanisation as well as conflict prevention. Because of its crosscutting nature, resilience is best achieved when stakeholders have a common understanding of it and work together in integrating it into policies and activities. This becomes all the more relevant at local level, where risks are perceived in a multifaceted way: local actors do not differentiate among risks caused by climate change, unplanned urbanisation, natural hazards, etc.

This session aims at highlighting the value of collaboration for resilience, by showcasing successful experiences from local perspectives and identifying methods to institutionalise this multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Objectives of the session

  • Enhance understanding of collaborative action to build resilience (in various fields, e.g. policy development, movement building, monitoring progress against international frameworks).
  • Encourage scaling up and institutionalisation of collaboration among CSOs, LAs, donors, technical advisors, and other resilience stakeholders.
  • Take stock of progress made against achieving the resilience-related recommendations put forward during the 2017 Partnership Forum.

Expected Results

Participants will recognise the value of collaborative action; they will also have an improved understanding of how to effectively engage in multi-stakeholder collaboration with the aim of scaling up and institutionalising collaborative resilience actions.


  • Takeshi Komino, Japan CSO Coalition for Disaster Risk Reduction (JCC-DRR)


  • Farah Kabir, Chair of the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)
  • Manuela Cabral, Head of Unit, Resilience, Directorate General for International Cooperationa and Development
  • Nicky Bravo, Red Latinoamericana por la defensa de los niños, niñas y adolescentes (REDLAMYC), Ecuador
  • Genevieve Sevrin, Director General, United Cities, France

Rapporteur: TBC

Background documents


Funded by the European Union