Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2019

RCAP 2019 is the 4th in the series of Resilient Cities Asia Pacific Congresses, the first three being held in Bangkok, Thailand in February 2015, in Melaka, Malaysia in March 2016 and in Vietnam in December 2017. Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific series provides an Asia-Pacific platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation where dialogues are conducted to forge partnerships, with the ultimate goal of identifying implementable solutions and creating lasting impacts for cities in the region. 

The 4th Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2019 Congress is being organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and hosted by South Delhi Municipal Corporation on 15th to 17th of April 2019 in New Delhi, India. It will offer cities & regions from Asia-Pacific a variety of innovative solutions that build resilience to climate change at the subnational level. The event will offer a combination of high-level plenaries and technical sessions on the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and the New Urban Agenda of 2016, while at the same time bringing together experts and practitioners who will share their experiences and encourage cities to take actions on resilience. 

With the SDGs developed in 2015, most nations are preparing targets to contribute to the SDGs and local governments are key players in this process. They are also major implementing partners for the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as per the Paris Agreement of November 2016, in which climate adaptation is an important and integral part. The upcoming revision of the NDCs in 2020 provides an opportune moment to take stock of resilience activities being carried out by the local governments in the region. 

The RCAP 2019 will bring together national and local governments to discuss the opportunities and mechanisms of implementing the SDGs and NDCs. The outcomes of the RCAP 2019 will be presented in the NDC Conference to be held in Berlin in June this year.

The main target of the event would be local governments in the Asia Pacific region. We are expecting about 200 participants, including at least 50 mayors from different cities in the region. Besides, representatives of international organisations such as the UNEP, UNDP, UN-HABITAT, UNESCAP, UNISDR, UNIDO will join the event. Bilateral and multilateral funding agencies such as SDC, EU, IDRC, World Bank, ADB, GIZ, Rockefeller Foundation, OECD, and others would join the event.

Conference Objectives

The proposed objectives of the conference are:

  • To share and learn about good urban resilience practices and show-case innovative ideas, solutions and initiatives 
  • To provide local governments with exposure and access to tools and processes that help mainstream resilience considerations into policy and practice
  • To provide a networking platform to promote concerted and coordinated action in Asia among the main players in the field of urban resilience
  • To explore tangible opportunities for creating partnerships between local governments and the private sector
  • To bring together funders and cities and facilitate the match-making between available financial resources and current cities’ needs


The event will consist of a number of plenary and parallel sessions on urban resilience and development, while at the same time provide an opportunity to selected organisations to exhibit their products and services in a special Exhibition Hall. About 200 people are expected to visit the exhibition booths every day during the event.

It is envisaged as a two and a half day programme, with a high level opening plenary setting the tone for the conference. A number of parallel sessions will allow participants to delve deeper into specific issues. The outcomes of these sessions will feed into the high-level panel and closing plenary on the last day.

A networking reception on Day 1 and a dinner on Day 2 will enable more informal knowledge and experience sharing among participants.

Proposed Themes

The proposed themes that have been identified for RCAP 2019 are:

  • Good governance and resilience
  • Integrated climate resilience planning to manage risks and vulnerabilities
  • Climate knowledge brokering
  • Nature based solutions to adaptation
  • Sustainable infrastructure development and green growth
  • Urban nexus
  • Opportunities for regional networking and collaboration
  • Financing mechanisms for Asian cities