The First 100 Cities

Three years ago, 100 Resilient Cities was pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation with an ambitious goal: to help cities worldwide build resilience to the growing social, economic, and physical challenges of the 21st century.

The intertwined forces of globalization, urbanization, and climate change are putting pressure on cities like never before. But by transforming how they think, plan, and operate, cities can turn these challenge into opportunities.

By understanding how existing challenges are connected, and by planning not just for potential shocks—like fires, floods, and earthquakes—but also for everyday stresses—such as chronic water shortages, crime, violence, economic inequality, and inefficient public transportation—cities can make themselves better in both good times and bad, for all their citizens.

We selected 100 urban pioneers to spread the resilience movement across the world. And today, we’re proud to announce the next group of cities ready to take the lead, joining our 63 existing members.

100 is just the beginning. There’s a great deal of work ahead to bring this movement to 1,000, then 10,000 cities. In the meantime, we look forward to working side-by-side with these 100 visionaries to build their own resilience, and in the process, a more resilient world for all.