In its 2016-2019 Development Plan, Medellín has established the cross-cutting resilience approach in its seven guiding principals with which it intends to recover citizen coexistence and safety; develop a new model of social equality; implement high quality educational programs for development and competitiveness; work for sustainable mobility; comprehensively intervene in the land and recover the center as an area for living; implement environmental conservation programs; and work on citizen culture.

Under the leadership of the Resilience O ce and with the support of the 100 Resilient Cities Program, the city de ned and assumed resilience in its 2016-2019 Development Plan as the “capacity for strategic planning that permits the identification and design of comprehensive solutions from multiple aspects, such as security and coexistence, social cohesion, citizen culture, sustainable mobility, education, risk management, land management, information management, and sustainability”. This assumes the challenge to increase the capacity of the city to overcome di culties and maintain the actions directed at improving the environment and people’s quality of life.

The Medellín Resilience Office is one of the main offices in the city responsible for embedding resilience in for the programs and projects of the Development Plan.

The role of the Chief Resilience Officer and his team of professionals is to work with public, private and social organizations to identify the city’s vulnerabilities, establish proposals that permit the reduction of risks, and monitor their delivery with coordinated, shared and reliable information. The office has established itself as having the capacity for coordination, assistance, follow-up and assessment of the selected projects, actions, plans and programs of institutions and civil society to empower Medellín’s capacity for strategic planning. It helps the city to generate other social innovations and urban transformations, strengthening equality, a culture of legality, land management, reduction of violence and extreme poverty. 

Medellín Inspires the world

During the last World Cities Summit that took place in the city of Singapore in July 2016, Medellin was recognized for its enormous transformation, which has involved a comprehensive process of urban renewal, innovation, social development, creative use of public spaces and resilience. The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is regarded as the "Nobel Prize" of cities.

Despite being recognized years ago as the most violent city in the world, today, thanks to the continuous efforts of governments and their social and community organizations, Medellín has proven to be a resilient city that supports and embraced its biggest challenges, as opportunities, building and planning strategies that allows the city to incorporate lessons learned to prepare and face future adverse conditions that may alter and threaten the lives of its citizens and its vital functioning as an urban system.

This recognition makes visible the commitment of the city to build a sustainable territory, optimize land use as a living space for citizens, and improve basic and social inclusion services for the most vulnerable communities, processes that ha ve made Medellín, a profound expression of resilience.

Being a city member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network - Pionered by The Rockefeller Foundation, will allow Medellín continue to inspire the world with its achievements, through a system of exchanges and collaborative learning with other cities and a strategic platform partners. 

Santiago Uribe Rocha

CRO Medellín

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