As cities around the world develop and concentrate wealth and population into focused urban areas, their vulnerability to disasters increases. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has launched a global campaign aimed at making cities more resilient with a goal of reducing political and economic instability from disasters.
Geospatial technology serves as a key platform to connect cities, governments, and private organizations that are working to assess their risk exposure and increase their overall resiliency. GIS also provides key capabilities that enable communities to take action on the 10 Essentials for Making Cities Resilient identified by UNISDR.
Esri is proud to support the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient campaign. At the 2014 Esri International User Conference, Esri will launch an app challenge centered around UNISDR’s 10 Essentials for Making Cities Resilient. Later this summer, Esri will open a competitive grant program that will award 50 ArcGIS Online organizational accounts for cities and 50 ArcGIS Online organizational accounts for nonprofits that are working to make their communities more resilient.
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
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