CAS 2021 Anchoring Event – Resilient Cities

On demand on CAS TV – from the historic City Hall of Miami, USA

The Anchoring Event on Resilient Cities, hosted by the City of Miami, highlights the importance of building resilient cities to reduce the threats resulting from climate change: droughts, heat waves, landslides, storms, and – especially in coastal areas – floods. Stakeholders share best practices, as well as launch approaches and devices for coordinated action, to build more resilient and equitable cities worldwide.

Hong Kong skyscrapers in a night of typhoon.
  • Insight in the need for resilient cities.
  • Best practices, solutions and efforts by partners around the world.
  • Mayors sharing regional and local experiences with climate change and adaptation efforts.
  • Approaches to scale and address challenges globally.
  • Joint action towards 2030 to increase city resilience globally.


At the Climate Adaptation Summit, Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam announced the 1000 Cities Adapt Now programme on behalf of global cities and a new coalition of partners. This programme will be helping 1000 cities adapt to climate change over the next ten years.

The programme is a joint effort of the Global Center on Adaptation, the World Resources Institute, Resilient Cities Network, and UN-Habitat. Implementation has already started in Accra (Ghana), and will be upscaled to 100 cities in 2021‐2023, up to 300 by 2025 and finally to 1000 by 2030.

Race to Resilience

The High-Level Climate Champions Race to Resilience was launched at CAS 2021. Race to Resilience aims to catalyse action by non‐state actors that builds the resilience of 4 billion people from vulnerable groups and communities to climate risks by 2030.

Through a partnership of initiatives, the campaign will focus on helping frontline communities to build resilience and adapt to impacts of climate change, such as extreme heat, drought, flooding and sea level rise, via three themes:

  • Urban: Transform urban slums into healthy, clean and safe cities.
  • Rural: Equip smallholder farmers to adapt and thrive.
  • Coastal: Protect homes and businesses against climate shocks.

More outcomes

Download an overview of CAS 2021 outcomes and results. More per-session deliverables are also accessible from the Summit outcomes page.


Check out the list of high-level speakers in this event.

Partner organisations


City of Accra

City of Freetown

City of Louisville

City of Miami

City of Miami Beach

City of Paris

City of Rotterdam


Engineering Research and Development Center, United States Army Corps of Engineers

Global Centre on Adaptation

Global Environmental Facilities (GEF)

Government of South-Africa

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

International University of British Columbia

Miami-Dade County

Resilient Cities Network

Southbridge Group

SPARC India and Slum Dwellers International

The Nature Conservancy


World Bank

World Resources Institute