This week, Sydney was recognised as one of the world's most forward-thinking cities with an invitation to join the 100 Resilient Cities network. We join the likes of London, Paris, Chicago and Singapore - a group of 100 global cities preparing to cope with issues ranging from climate change to social problems and housing affordability.
The network is funded by The Rockefeller Foundation and encompasses more than 700 million people. President of 100 Resilient Cities, Michael Berkowitz, said the City of Sydney's innovative approach to urban resilience and commitment to collaborative partnerships was deemed exceptional. He said the diversity of our economy and ability to care for both our built and natural infrastructure made us truly resilient.
The 100 Resilient Cities network will fund a Chief Resilience Officer at the City of Sydney for two years to work with all levels of government to better prepare Sydney and its residents for expected or unexpected stresses in the future. These can range from the global competitiveness of businesses, to natural disasters and climate change, violence caused by alcohol and drug abuse, or social challenges such as homelessness.
Being a part of this unique group of cities will also allow the City to share information and learn from other leading cities about their action.
This accolade is more recognition of the City of Sydney's work to promote Sydney on the global stage.
It comes after Sydney was named the world's most popular city to study in, with the 2014 Global Cities Index showing we attract more international students than anywhere else. Just last month, One Central Park was named Best Tall Building in the World in a competition facilitated by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. And last week, the City's renewable energy master plan was last week awarded the prestigious European Solar Prize for excellence and innovation.
I believe city leadership involves looking at the long term and preparing for a fast-changing future, which is exactly what we do here in Sydney. However uncertain the future, Sydney is well-prepared and I am proud of the work we have done to get us to this point.
Read more at the 100 Resilient Cities website here: www.100resilientcities.org.