She highlighted Dubai's efforts to confront the "Corona" pandemic.

World Government Summit: Resilience of cities enhances their readiness to face challenges

  • The report included a comprehensive framework that enables cities to assess resilience levels.

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A report issued by the World Government Summit, entitled “The optimal time to prepare for the future: a roadmap to enhance the resilience of cities”, in partnership with “Strategy&” company, a subsidiary of the PwC global network, stressed the importance of developing the levels of resilience of cities in the region, and upgrading their institutional capabilities to ensure By strengthening its ability to meet challenges, identifying areas to focus on to improve resilience and accelerating recovery, and examining future opportunities in the economic and technological sectors.

The report pointed out the importance of strengthening the capabilities of cities to face the challenges posed by the emerging Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic on the economic, health and social infrastructure, and to address natural and climatic crises to mitigate the expected damage.

The report, which was prepared in partnership with Strategy&, included a comprehensive framework that enables cities to assess levels of resilience and study areas of development and institutional capabilities for response, recovery and transformation, and includes 131 performance indicators covering 36 main areas, and a number of associated sub-indicators.

The report reviewed the levels of resilience in nine major cities in the Middle East and North Africa (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Amman, Kuwait City, Muscat, Riyadh, Jeddah, Casablanca, and Cairo), which were selected based on their high levels of progress and population growth and the significant contribution of each It was compared with 11 cities from different geographical regions, (Cape Town, Houston, London, Nairobi, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, and Zurich), selected Based on several criteria including urbanization, flexibility and strategy, and governance structures.

The report stated that resilient and advanced cities have a number of key advantages, which include developing future plans that ensure the ability of cities to withstand, mitigate and recover from the effects of the shock, ensure the availability, diversity, diversity and optimal utilization of resources, and quickly adapt cities in terms of taking response steps in an effective manner. It is flexible according to changing circumstances, and promotes joint work and cooperation between the public and private sectors, thus contributing to the diversification of resources, capabilities and expertise.

He pointed out that the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai have achieved an advanced position in flexibility and readiness, among the top 10 cities that have high advantages that enable them to face various economic, social and natural challenges, pointing out that the cities of the Middle East and North Africa have high capabilities and high levels of flexibility in the areas of energy security. Education, community health, commercial diversification, and the evolution of the transportation infrastructure.

The report highlighted the government efforts made by the Emirate of Dubai in confronting the emerging Corona virus pandemic, and its ability to surround it and reduce its effects in the short and long term. The Dubai government launched several initiatives, including adopting a mixed business model of governance, focused on coordination between various government agencies. and levels of administrative hierarchy, and supported those efforts by involving all parties in the decision-making process.

The report emphasized that the cities of the Middle East and North Africa face several major challenges resulting from climate change, cybersecurity, and others, as well as challenges in social insurance and emergency health services, and these challenges can be faced by developing comprehensive plans for infrastructure development to achieve high benefits.

He pointed out the possibility for some countries to benefit from raising the level of decentralization and the independence of cities in decision-making, given the size of countries and the differences in the level of exposure to risks and areas that need development in cities, stressing that through appropriate investment and sound building of their institutional capabilities, the cities of the region can enhance their readiness To the challenges of the future, achieving the highest levels of response, recovery and transformation.

The Deputy Director of the World Government Summit, Muhammad Al-Sharhan, stressed that the report provides a knowledge tool that supports governments in enhancing the resilience of cities and their readiness to face challenges, and their ability to maintain their advanced position by studying their ability to respond to emergencies, launching recovery initiatives, and designing rapid transformation paths that Concern for societies and the development of vital sectors.

He said that the report highlights the most prominent trends and future transformations facing societies, and develops solutions and advanced initiatives based on successful experiences and experiences developed by governments from around the world.

A partner in “Strategy&” and head of the energy, chemicals and utilities sector in the company’s Middle East, Dr. Raed Qambarji, said that there are many natural and human challenges that decision makers in future cities must study, analyze and plan for, in order to identify ways to enhance resilience in their cities, and that By focusing on identifying structural weaknesses, meeting environmental, social and economic needs, and developing institutional capacities in cities.

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The report, “The optimal time to prepare for the future: a roadmap to enhance the resilience of cities,” recommended a set of steps and measures that cities in the Middle East and North Africa should focus on during the next phase, including taking advantage of directing the next wave of investment towards initiatives to enhance resilience, which helps their economies and societies to recover, and enhance their readiness in the face of future shocks.

He pointed to the importance of working to assess the extent to which cities are exposed to natural and human hazards, and to focus on areas of development that include basic needs, society, the economy and the urban environment, in order to strengthen the institutional capabilities necessary to achieve the desired goal, increase reliance on local production of basic materials to ensure their sufficiency in emergency situations, and provide Comprehensive coverage of health care and social safety nets, correcting budget shortcomings and areas that need development at the financial level.

• Cities in the Middle East and North Africa are facing major challenges resulting from climate change.

• Flexible and advanced cities possess a number of key advantages that enable them to develop future plans.

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