Working with city partners, we successfully applied to join to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilience Cities – a global programme that supports cities to become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges of the 21st century.

As part of our membership the city has just appointed its first ever Commissioner for Resilience who will work with public, community and private sector partners over the next two years to develop a long term resilience strategy and implementation plan.

Membership of 100 Resilient Cities also brings a wealth of resource, expertise and new learning to the city. Belfast will have access to international toolkits, service providers and partners from the private, public and NGO sectors.

This is a significant gain for Belfast and the timing could not be better. There are opportunities to embed resilience thinking into long term planning as the City Council develops its first Spatial Plan.

A small number of UK cities are already members of the program including London, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow.

Belfast has also been chosen to take part in 100RC’s 2018 CityXChange summit. The event brings together a small number of cities to work with leading tech companies and a number of innovative start-ups to collaborate on a range of city challenges.