The outcomes of the pilot project of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Emergencies called "My city Is Without Dangers" carried out as part of the UN global campaign "My City Is Getting Ready!" were announced. A total of 285 municipalities from 70 Russian regions took part in this project. 16 municipalities were recognized as the most resilient to emergencies.
Among the cities with a population of more than 400,000 people, such member cities of UCLG-Eurasia as Kazan, Ulan-Ude, Volgograd and Omsk became the winners. Neftekamsk and Ussuriysk are among the winners among cities with a population up to 400,000 people.
The pilot project was carried out in two stages from July 1 to November 30, 2020, and included the assessment of the cities’ resilience to emergencies. For this, a scorecard adapted to the Russian legislation was used. It was based on 10 principles of urban resilience of the UN global campaign "My City Is Getting Ready!", and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for 2015-2030.
The project is planned to continue this year. The Russian Research Institute for Civil Defence and Emergencies of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Emergencies expects not only to increase the number of participants, but also to consolidate the results at the international level. For this, the winners of the pilot project "My City Is Without Dangers" will be invited to join the Global Campaign on making cities resilient with the subsequent receipt of relevant international certificates. This will provide Russian cities with the opportunity to be nominated for the Exemplary Resilient Cities award as part of the UN/ISDR, which will imply the international recognition and the opportunity to participate in creating networks and platforms for sustainable cities.
Source: Russian Research Institute for Civil Defence and Emergencies of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Emergencies