9:30 - 10:30 Emerging Themes in Resilience Plenary

Plenary 3 will include a panel discussion featuring three experts - focusing broadly on themes to be discussed in the breakout sessions

  • Alfred Nakatsuma, Director, Asia Regional Environment Office, USAID
  • Representative, USAID Asia Adapt (tbc)


Thursday will also feature parallel sessions which will give insights and expert views on a wide array of topics ranging from understanding urban risks and building urban resilience to climate compatible development and the role of Nexus principles in planning processes. The sessions will also include launches of an OECD Report, UNESCAP Resilience toolkit and the ACCCRN network.  

11:00 - 12:30 A Sessions

A1: Understanding urban risks

Session Description

This session will explore:

  • the various tools for vulnerability assessment and risk modeling available for cities;
  • evidence-based risk assessment and investment planning – how is data being collected, analyzed and used at the local level?; and
  • the response capacity of cities in Asia-Pacific region 

Organised in cooperation with: GIDRM, UNDP, UNISDR, and UN-HABITAT

A2: Dissecting the Nexus-Resilience link: From planning to practice

Session Description

This session will explore cities’ experiences in applying the nexus principles in development planning processes as well as implementation of concrete pilot projects. 

Organised in cooperation with: GIZ - The Urban Nexus Project

A3: Report Launch - Urban green growth and climate resilience in Bangkok

Session Description

Organised in cooperation with: OECD, GIZ

Bangkok Mayor - Political Roundtable Lunch (tbc) [by invitation]

14:00 - 15:30 B Sessions

B1: Investing to mitigate urban risks

Session Description

This session will focus on how cities are analysing and addressing their resilience through measures to bolster critical infrastructure, scale up technical assistance, increase financial and human capital, and link to global agencies and networks. 

Facilitator: Dan Lewis, Chief, Risk Reduction Unit; Head, City Resilience Profiling Programme, UN-Habitat 

Organised in cooperation with: UN-HABITAT


B2: ACCCRN network launch

Session Description

This session will discuss new opportunities for practitioners and institutions to collaborate on building urban climate change resilience through the ACCCRN network. 

Facilitator: Jim Jarvie, Mercy Corps; ACCCRN Network Director

  • Denia Syam, Mercy Corps Indonesia
  • Anna Brown, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Phong Tran, ISET Vietnam
  • Usha Raghupathi, National Institute for Urban Affairs, India
  • Pakamas Thinphanga, Thailand Environment Institute
  • Saleem Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Bangladesh

Organised in cooperation with: Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network


B3: Linking adaptation and the water-energy-food nexus

Session Description

This session will provide an overview of trends in water-energy-food (WEF) management schemes and how it relates to climate change adaptation.

Organised in cooperation with: Asia Pacific Adaptation Network

16:00 - 17:30 C Sessions

Collaboration and communication: From research to policy

Session Description

This session will bring together researchers and practitioners who have been engaged in building urban resilience, with a focus on lessons learned from the ACCCRN experience.

Facilitator: David Dodman, Senior Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, UK

  • Rahayu Yoseph, BAPPEDA, Buton Selatan Regency; Researcher, Indonesia
  • Purnomo Dwi Sasongko, BAPPEDA, Semarang, Indonesia
  • Phong Tran, ISET, Vietnam
  • Nguyen Quynh Anh, NISTPASS, Vietnam
  • Divya Sharma, TERI, India
  • Sanjit Rodrigues, Municipal Commissioner, Panaji City, India
  • Thongchai Roachanakanan, Ministry of Interior, Thailand
  • Bart Lambregts, Kasetsart University, Thailand (tbc)

Organised in cooperation with: IIED


C2: Toolkit launch for pro-poor resilience in the Asia Pacific 

Session Description

This session will launch the toolkit: Quick Guide for Policy Makers – Towards Pro-Poor Urban Climate Resilience in Asia and the Pacific 

Organised in cooperation with: UNESCAP, UN-HABITAT, Rockefeller Foundation

C3: Climate Compatible Development: From planning to implementation

Session Description

This session will share the outcomes from Phase I of CDKN’s Sub-national Learning Programme, that aimed to document key learning from CDKN-supported climate compatible development (CCD) projects at the sub-national level, and introduce Phase II which will focus on moving from planning to implementation. 

Organised in cooperation with: Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)