Medellín residents have developed systems to learn about, resist, and overcome the national violence and drug trafficking that have been present in the Colombian city for more than 60 years. Although progress is undeniable—its homicide rate has sharply decreased—Medellín is still rated as the most inequitable city in Colombia—and Colombia, in turn, is one of the most inequitable countries in Latin America.

Resilience Challenges

  • Landslide
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Volcanic Activity

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Oscar Santiago Uribe Rocha is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Medellín. Prior to becoming CRO, Mr. Uribe Rocha worked for three years as Executive Director of Social Innovation at Pigmalion. There he coordinated a number of research programs on topics ranging from disaster risk management to local youth’s reproductive and mental health, and served as the Speaker for residents affected by the collapse of the residential complex called Space. From 2007-2010, he served as Administrative Assistant of Cultural and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Colombia in South Africa, where he coordinated official visits to exchange experiences and expertise for the implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit Systems in South Africa. He also has extensive experience in food security, nutrition education, and children’s affairs.

Mr. Uribe Rocha received his Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from the Universidad de Antioquia and was a visiting scholar at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Snapshot of Medellín

  • 2,184,000

    Population as of 2010

In The Media

Medellín CRO Uribe and 100 Resilient Cities Relationship Manager Aaron Spencer on Medellín Ciudad Saludable" (Healthy Medellín)

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