Urban resilience : online conference

Innovation, Sustainable development

24 - 24 February 2021

  • Feb 24
    Feb 24

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Meeting ID: 987 9409 8008 / Code: 335153

What are the actions that cities can take in order to face the challenges brought about by transitioning times and the need for urban resilience?

Through testimonials from experts and cities on new sustainable economic thinking, new development policies promoting urban resilience, public services ensuring health protection, social justice and the quality of life of citizens in the post-COVID era, the notion of resilience and transformation will be questioned. In addition, the transitions which take into account the way of life of humanity, natural systems and links between urban and rural territories will be addressed.

Wednesday 24th February 2021 from 2:30 till 4:30 (central European time)

Agenda :


  • Olivier Bianchi, INMC Copresident, Mayor of Clermont-Ferrand, President of Clermont Auvergne Métropole

Reshaping the economic thinking of tomorrow

Towards a green and sustainable economic recovery

  • David Miller, Director, International Diplomacy, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, former Mayor of Toronto (Canada) and author of the book « Solved: how the world’s great cities are fixing the climate crisis »
  • David Mitchell, Mayor of Bridgewater (Canada)

Cities tackling the climate challenges

What are the actions that cities can take to tackle transition challenges ?

  • Kotchakorn Voraakhom, CEO and founder of Porous city network & landprocess, Chairwoman, Climate Change Working Group, International Federation of Landscape Architect (IFLA World), Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Jair Alexandre Gonçalves, Director for International Relations, Guarulhos (Brazil)

(Post) covid era

Local actions and resilience strategies in public services

Closing arguments

  • Luis Bernardo NAVA, INMC Copresident and Mayor of Querétaro (Mexico)

“A city based green and just recovery will lead us to solve our climate and economic problems”

“Landscape porosity : why do we need water-based urbanism?”

“Local responses to a global crisis”


David Miller

Director of International Diplomacy, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

David Miller is the Director of International Diplomacy and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He is responsible for supporting Mayors in their climate leadership and for building a global movement for socially equitable action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. He served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010.

Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.

Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and served as Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014. David Miller is a Harvard trained economist, professionally a lawyer and author of the book “Solved: How the World’s Great Cities are Fixing the Climate Crisis”.

Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Founder and CEO at Landprocess and Porous City Network

Kotchakorn Voraakhom is a landscape architect from Thailand who works on building productive green public spaces that tackle climate change in urban dense areas and vulnerable communities.

She created the first critical green infrastructure for Bangkok, the Chulalongkorn Centenary Park. Her complete design works also include, Thammasat Urban Farm Rooftop, a 36-acre urban farm rooftop featuring the biggest urban farming green roof in Asia, and the first bridge park across the river in any world capital, Chao Phraya Sky Park.

Voraakhom was featured in the 2019 “TIME 100 Next” list, one of 15 leading women fighting against climate change from TIME Magazine, BBC 100 Women 2020, and the “Green 30 for 2020” by Bloomberg. She is Chairwoman of the Climate Change Working Group of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA World).

Voraakhom received her Master’s in landscape architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and teach there as design critic in Spring 2020. Currently, she is also a TED Fellow and an Echoing Green Fellow.

Firdaous Oussidhoum

Special Adviser of the UCLG Secretary General

The world institution for local and regional governments advocating for shared values and principles, for the local democracy as representative of the citizens and communities.

She is also a Member of the UNESCO Chair for Intermediate Cities and World Urbanization. Architect, Urban planner and Philosopher, Firdaous developed her expertise, within a human-focused approach, in the Sustainable and Resilient Development Strategies through 20 years of experience as a practitioner, consultant and policymaker at local, national and international level.

She has developed in parallel an expertise in the International Relations & Development, and International Public Affairs, linking the Global Policy & Decision Making to the benefice of Global Resilience of the Planet.

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