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Manchester hailed as urban resilience model

Manchester has adopted a comprehensive strategy for mitigating disaster. (Stacey MacNaught/

The United Nations has recognized Manchester as a role model for urban resilience. The city was selected because of its implementation of a ten-point checklist designed to help metro areas prepare for natural and manmade disasters.

According to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Manchester is the first UK city to join the UN’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign, which crafted the strategy. The city faces risks from flooding, storms, strong winds and heat waves.

The UN describes Manchester as a “textbook model of how to design a multi-agency partnership coordinating civil contingencies activity.” The city also is praised for proactive efforts aimed at combatting climate change. Manchester will share its expertise with the more than 2,100 cities worldwide that joined the campaign, launched four years ago.

The city’s preventative measures were studied last week at an international conference on “building resilience” at the University of Salford in Manchester.

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