Urban Resilience is the ability of cities to withstand and recover quickly from all plausible shocks and stresses and maintain continuity of functions.

More than half of the world population currently lives in cities, a proportion that will grow to close to 75% by 2050. Rapid urbanization can result in uncontrolled, densely populated informal settlements forming in hazard-prone areas. In some cities, local governments lack of capacity to regulate building standards and land use regulations exacerbates the risk of those living in vulnerable conditions. In others; human-made disasters such as conflict or technological disasters, can also erode, or destroy development gains at local and national levels. In an urbanizing world that is increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of natural and human-made disasters, it is critical to protect urban development gains, through transforming urban planning, development and governance by introducing urban resilience factors.