GREATER Manchester has been recognised as a "Role Model for
Total Resilience" because of its focus on implementing the
campaign's entire ten-point checklist for building resilience to
Margareta WahlstrÃ¶m, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk
Reduction (UNISDR),welcomed the region's 10 local authorities who
have signed up to take part in the campaign, which means they have
demonstrated a robust approach to risk management.
The 10 Greater Manchester authorities were confirmed as members
of the campaign after being presented with signed certificates from
Ms WahlstrÃ¶m, who is also the Special Representative of the
Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, during an event at
The Lowry arts centre in Salford on Monday 8 September.
Taking part in the campaign will enable AGMA authorities to work
closely with other urban areas to share innovative ideas, and
Greater Manchester has also been named as a role model for other
cities both in the UK and internationally.
The work being done by Greater Manchester's boroughs will also
be recognised at the University of Salford's international
conference on building resilience, taking place from September 8 to
Ms WahlstrÃ¶m said: "This is a milestone for the Making Cities
Resilient Campaign which we launched four years ago and which has
over 2,000 members across the globe.
"The UN is happy to welcome the UK's second largest conurbation
into the campaign as an example of a city where land use, planning
and disaster risk reduction go hand-in-hand. The Greater Manchester
Resilience Forum is a text-book model of how to design a
multi-agency partnership coordinating civil contingencies activity
for a large urban area.
"It's a major boost to the campaign that the Greater Manchester
Combined Authority and its member boroughs have agreed to be a role
model for Total Resilience and to take part in city-to-city
learning which will benefit other members of the campaign who can
learn a lot from studying good practice here.
"This recognition for Greater Manchester further solidifies the
UK's reputation as a global leader in the area of building
resilience to disasters. The UK government recently took part in
the first-ever peer review of its performance in implementing the
international agreement on reducing disaster risk, the Hyogo
Framework for Action. This has encouraged others to follow suit and
boosted discussions on how to measure progress in building
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's County Fire Officer
and Chair of Greater Manchester Resilience Forum, Steve McGuirk,
said: "Manchester like all cities faces countless risks and a
future which has never been more uncertain.
"Greater Manchester Resilience Forum strives to ensure we remain
prepared for whatever that future brings.
"Being recognised by the United Nations, as a role model for
total resilience, places Greater Manchester at the forefront of
"Other cities around the world will now look to Greater
Manchester as a model of how to protect their citizens, which is
Councillor Mike Connolly, leader of Bury Council and AGMA lead
on disaster risk management, added: "Greater Manchester contains
several large rivers and is exposed to a number of climate-related
and severe weather risks. Flooding is acknowledged as a major
hazard, along with heat waves, storms, gales and high winds.
"Understanding the importance of preparing for disasters, rather
than simply responding to them, is absolutely crucial for towns and
cities in the 21st century. By taking part in the Making Cities
Resilient Campaign, authorities across Greater Manchester are
demonstrating that their resilience plans have been gauged against
the strongest benchmark available. It also means we are able to
build closer links with other cities and organisations across the
world and we can become role models for other urban areas."