Vejle Signs the 10% Resilience Pledge

The 10% Resilience Pledge urges mayors of 100RC cities to make the most ambitious commitment to city resilience in history, promising 10% of their cities's annual budgets toward resilience-building goals and projects, without raising additional funds or taxes.

On December 2, 2015 at COP21 in Paris, we announced the first round of Pledge signees. On April 25, 2016, Vejle became the 24th and most recent global signee to the pledge. 

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Watch Michael Berkowtiz explaning the 10% Pledge, how challenges and solutions scale between cities, and how the future of the Pledge.

22 cities had signed the pledge when we announced it at COP21 on December 2, but we expect to see these numbers grow significantly in the coming months. Here are all the current signees:

Accra, Ghana Amman, Jordan Athens, Greece Berkeley, 
Bristol, England Byblos, Lebanon Cali, Colombia
Huangshi, China Kigali, Rwanda Mexico City,
New Orleans,
Norfolk, USA Oakland, USA Paris, France Pittsburgh, USA
Porto Alegre,
Rio de Janeiro,
the Netherlands
Santa Fe,
Toyama, Japan Tulsa, USA Vejle, Denmark Wellington City,
New Zealand



Read more about the pledge below.

Download the 10% Resilience Pledge here.

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation developed the pledge with input from mayors around the world and urban finance and resilience experts. The pledge embodies a key principle of resilience: a commitment to making sure each project the city engages in achieves multiple goals, allowing the city to get the most return out of every dollar rather than spending any additional money. By signing, a mayor or city executive pledges that an amount equivalent to 10% of the city’s total annual budget will be dedicated to funding the city’s resilience goals for every year of that mayor’s tenure.

Cities that sign the pledge will have access to up to $5 million (USD) in goods and services from 100 Resilient Cities, especially from Platform Partners – a collection of best-in-class organizations from the private, public, NGO, and academic sectors. These services will help maximize the success of their resilience-building efforts and amplify the impact of their new, stronger budgetary commitment to resilience. Cities can invest the new funding into current projects, as well as new ones.

We announced the initial list of signing cities and initial value of the global resilience pledge on December 2, 2015, at COP21 in Paris.

The following cities have signed the pledge and made that knowledge public.

  • 20 additional cities (see above for list) announced at COP21 (December 2, 2015)
  • Mexico City, Mexico (November 11, 2015)
  • Pittsburgh, USA (October 5, 2015)
  • Vejle, Denmark (April 25, 2016)
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