Setubal is the sixth Portuguese city to join the UN programme “My City is Getting Ready”

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UNISDRSetubal, Portugal, November 2014 – After Lisbon and Cascais, the city of Setubal has joined the United Nations campaign “My City is Getting Ready” aimed at helping cities to build resilience to disasters. It is the sixth Portuguese city to join this programme. The declaration of commitment was presented and unanimously approved during a meeting of the Municipal Council, on 29 October.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has been carrying the campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is getting ready!” since 2010. The aim is to strengthen local capacities to resist disasters, among other through a tool that allow local authorities to measure their progress:How to make cities more resilient: a handbook for local government leaders.

This guidebook provides mayors, local elected officials, decision-makers and practitioners with a generic framework for the reduction of risks and with examples of good practices and tools implemented in cities. It includes practical recommendations put forward through the worldwide campaign and summarised in a document titled: Ten-point Checklist – Essentials for Making Cities Resilient.

At the Efus 2012 international conference in Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis, UNISDR had co-organised a workshop on risk management, during which this tool had been presented to cities. Following this, a thematic declaration on the management of urban risks was released, which was included in the Manifesto of Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis.