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Medellín is a diverse, dynamic and expanding city that is constantly reinventing itself amidst social and economic difficulties. We have always embraced adversity as opportunity. Today, we continue to face a set of interrelated challenges of inequity, violence, illegality and extreme poverty that are exacerbated by our complex topography of steep slopes and narrow valleys.

Our biggest challenges are to overcome problems associated with inequity, such as widespread rural-to-urban migration, poverty, social exclusion, unemployment, limited access to higher education and economic opportunity, which have been intensified by a culture of illegality inherited from many years of violence.

The deterioration of public safety reinforced by social marginalization, organized crime, illegality, and conflicts between citizens due to a culture of intolerance, destabilize and endanger the positive achievements implemented during Medellín’s transformation over the last decades. Our city must overcome these obstacles to continue our social development agenda and ensure respect for the human rights of all its citizens.

Continued threats related to the management of the land and natural resources reduce Medellín’s ability to operate and provide basic services to people, leading to health problems, loss of life, and damage to infrastructure and the environment, particularly affecting the most vulnerable population. Such threats are perpetuated by both natural and man-made shocks and stresses preventing us from achieving the sustainability goals.

Decision-making without reliable information and data limits the city’s ability to respond in a strategic and coordinated manner to shocks and stresses. Although Medellín has several information systems, it lacks a unified structure to identify vulnerabilities, lessening the ability to reduce risk and monitor response and recovery. We strive to inform our citizens with the most reliable information in seamlessly integrated, easily accessible sources for each citizen.

01 Equitable MedellÍn Develop a more equitable and inclusive city and region with access to opportunities for all our citizens.

02 Safe and Peaceful Medellín Strengthen a more peaceful and socially cohesive society by promoting crime and violence prevention strategies and a culture of legality.

03 Sustainable and Risk-Prepared Medellín Create a sustainable and risk-prepared city.

04 Well-Informed and Engaged Medellín Foster a well-informed city through improved access to information and data management that facilitates the analysis and transfer of knowled

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01

Develop a more equitable and inclusive city and region with access to opportunities for all our citizens.

Flagship Initiative: Colaboratorios – Public Experimentation Workshop

A Colaboratorio is a citizens’ meeting place to “hang out”, share knowledge and learn, which is coordinated in four topic areas: Be, Do, Tell and Think. It is a project open to all in the city but focused on young people, it is equipped with tools and areas for research, experimentation and co-creation in different fields of knowledge such as robotics, astronomy and biodiversity. In the future, it will be designed to be a physical place in a building with a friendly, flexible and diverse environment.

Resilience Dividends

In line with the “resilience dividend”, this flagship initiative highlights the potential for co-benefits to result from its main objective of strengthening the education of young people in science, technology and innovation.

By implementing this flagship initiative, we will support additional co-benefits in areas such as: social cohesion, economic sustenance, disaster preparation and prevention, empowerment of a wide range of stakeholders, promotion of leadership and effective management. Specifically in the initiatives: Popular Sport Schools (EPD); Expanded Territory; Teacher Innovation Center (MOVA); Coordinated Life Units (Unidades de Vida Articulada, UVA); Peace University-University Citadel of Peace and Non-Violence-(Universidad de la Paz -Ciudadela Universitaria de la Paz y la No Violencia-); Community Sport (Sport and Coexistence Program of Medellín Sports and Recreation Institute); Improving Healthy Physical Activity; School Research through the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Methodology; and Science, Technology and Innovation Fairs.

Other initiatives that support the goal.

  • Popular Sport Schools (EPD)
  • Expanded Territory
  • Teacher Innovation Center
  • Coordinated Life Units
  • Peace University (University Citadel of Peace and Non-Violence)
  • Community Sport – Sport and Coexistence Program of INDER
  • School Research through the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Methodology
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Fairs

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Strengthen a more peaceful and socially cohesive society by promoting crime and violence prevention strategies and a culture of legality.

Flagship Initiative: Strategy of Guarantees of Non-Repetition of Violence

This project is developed as a strategic guideline of the Security and Coexistence Public Policy of Medellín, and it is one of the legal instruments to determine what should be done so that violent acts are not repeated, aiming to generate strategies locally, regionally and nationally to ensure victims’ rights and to strengthen the political culture. The project aims to prevent violence, and provide reparation for victims. This will allow the population to participate in the development of agreements that contribute to a long-lasting culture of peace.

Resilience Dividends

In line with the “resilience dividend”, this flagship initiative highlights the potential for co-benefits to result from its main objective of encouraging respect for life and sociocultural transformation through peaceful resolution of conflicts. By implementing this flagship initiative, we will support additional co-benefits in areas such as: social stability, security and justice; promotion of cohesive and committed communities; effective leadership and management; and empowerment of an extensive range of stakeholders.

Specifically in the initiatives: Coexistence and Youth Citizen Culture; Young Women’s Talent Contest; Safe Cities for Women; International Forum: Peace; Women’s Voice; Management of the Municipal System of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL); and Memory and Participation for Peace Building.

Other initiatives that support the goal.

  • Youth Citizen Culture and Coexistence
  • Young Women’s Talent Contest
  • Safe Cities for Women
  • International Forum: Peace and Women’s Voice as Part of the Agenda of Women for Peace
  • Promotion and Training to Strengthen Citizen Skills for Coexistence
  • Management of the Municipal System of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
  • Memory and Participation for Peace Building

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Create a sustainable and risk-prepared city.

Flagship Initiative: Strengthening of Community Risk Management

This is a pilot project that aims to train a group selected from the 102 local risk management committees located in the neighborhoods of Medellín. These committees are responsible for identifying and alerting the communities about the possible natural risks that may occur, so they can take preventative measures to save lives. The main topics are focused on disaster prevention, and the mitigation strategies during an event, requiring community risk management, early-warning social networks, social mapping of risk, and disaster management strategies.

Resilience Dividends

In line with the “resilience dividend”, this flagship initiative highlights the potential for co-benefits to result from its main objective of strengthening community risk management through the local committees and the building agents, such as master builders, in order to generate greater appropriation of the technical components of risk prevention and of the Early-Warning System to promote their participation in the communities as leaders in risk management. By implementing this flagship initiative, we will support additional co-benefits such as:  essential services, natural and man-made assets, social cohesion, promotion of integrated and long-term planning, effective management and leadership, and empowerment of a wide range of stakeholders.

Specifically in the initiatives: Comprehensive Project to Rehabilitate the Hillside -Anticipating Illegal Growth on the Hillsides of Medellín-; Risk Awareness and Reduction Program (CRRP for the Spanish acronym); Resilience Laboratory; Risk Assurance and Transfer for Resilient Cities; Strengthening of the Early-Warning System; Pilot Project for Preventative Resettlement of Land at Immitigable Risk; and Our River.

Other initiatives that support the goal.

  • Comprehensive Project to Resettle the Hillside -Anticipating Illegal Settlement on the Hillsides of Medellín
  • Risk Knowledge and Reduction Program
  • Resilience Laboratory
  • Risk Assurance and Transfer for Resilient Cities
  • Strengthening of the Early-Warning Environmental System
  • Pilot Project for Preventative Resettlement of Land with Unmitigable Risk
  • Our River
Photo: Oscar Cardona Álvarez

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Foster a well-informed city through improved access to information and data management that facilitates the analysis and transfer of knowled

Flagship Initiative: Agency for the Management

This project will create a neutral agency to integrate and coordinate the city’s information. Public and private entities will be able to obtain reliable and up-to-date information from the agency.

Resilience Dividends

In line with the “resilience dividend”, this flagship initiative highlights the potential for co-benefits to result from its main objective of integrating and coordinating the city’s information in a single system, which the public and private entities and the communities can access as they need. By implementing this flagship initiative, we will support additional co-benefits in areas such as: social cohesion, integrated and long-term planning, effective management and leadership, and empowerment of a wide range of stakeholders.

Specifically in the initiatives: Communication Strategy Medellín Told through the Transformation of the Region-, Think Tank for the Construction of Indicators – Think Tank, My Medellín: Online strategy for citizen participation, and the network of observatories for tracking social impact.

Other initiatives that support the goal.

  • Communication Strategy-Medellín’s Story Told Through the Transformation of the Region
  • Think Tank for Creating Indicators
  • My Medellín: Digital Strategy for Citizen Participation
  • Network of Social Observatories for Tracking Social Impact
Photo: Oscar Cardona Álvarez

Our Resilience Team

  • Santiago Uribe Rocha

    Chief Resilience Officer

  • Laura Vanessa Acevedo Díaz

    Knowledge Manager

  • Oscar Dario Cardona Álvarez

    Communications Manager

Read Medellín's Resilience Strategy