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By UNISDR - The Americas

1.          Introduction:

The UNISDR Global Campaign ‘Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready’ is an invitation to the leaders of local governments to strengthen their commitment to building prosperous, safe and resilient communities (for more information see and

In 2013, UNISDR supported the realization of six exchanges of experience as part of efforts to strengthen cooperation and collaboration on issues related to disaster risk management between local governments in the region. Exchanges were selected through an open call to all local governments participating in the campaign. A detailed report of this first round of exchanges of experience may be downloaded via the following link The second version of the call seeks to continue supporting efforts of local governments in the Americas, including the Caribbean, to advance the building resilience in their communities.

This  time  the  call  is focused  on  supporting  proposals  for the  exchange  of experiences  that address  topics  related  to  integration,  in  the  local  development  process,  of  policies  and/or guidelines on disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change. Policies and guidelines that have been defined in national and/or local contexts. In other words, concrete examples of how local governments face the challenges and enhance possible benefits that the occurrence of physical and or anthropogenic events, including those related to climate change, may represent to the welfare of their communities and development plans.

The launch of the call and support for the implementation of activities for the selected exchange is possible thanks to the contributions of governments and donor institutions.

All local governments of the Americas that are registered with the Making Cities Resilient Campaign may participate in the call. The thematic areas on which the exchange of experiences be developed should be related to the Making cities resilient Campaign 10 essentials (one or more essentials).

2.          Objectives of the call

The central objective of the exchange of experiences is to identify specific elements that allow for the integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation actions in the context of sustainable local development.

The call has two specific objectives:

•  Promote cooperation  and collaboration  on issues related to the integration  of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation actions through development policies and practices.

•  Identify  and  highlight  local  experiences  that  implement  innovative  solutions  to  the challenge of advancing towards a sustainable development, sensitive to risk reduction and climate change.

3.          Topics to be addressed in the proposals for exchange

In general, the proposals for exchange of experiences should address topics related to the 10 essentials of the ‘Making Cities Resilient’ Campaign (see

Specifically, the exchange proposals should reference experiences related to the integration of the 10 essentials (or local equivalents) in the local government development plans at the sectoral and territorial level. For example:

•   How are the 10 essentials  for disaster risk reduction linked to actions to achieve the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs

•   How do disaster risk management efforts integrate aspects related to adaptation and/or mitigation climate change?

•   Or, from  another  angle,  how  do adaptation  and/or  mitigation  climate  change  efforts integrate multi-hazard disaster risk management.

4.          For the formulation and development of the proposed experiences of exchange:

! The  assistance  offered  for  the  preparation  of  the  exchange  of  experiences  proposal includes:

•   Identifying  local  governments  with  similar  problems  and  contexts.  Each  local government   is   responsible   for   establishing   the   contact   with   the   identified candidates.

•   Support in the formulation of the agendas for the exchanges.

! For the selected exchange of experiences, includes:

•   Financial support which covers:

o   Travel expenses for up to 2 persons per local government.

o   Accommodations and daily expenses for a maximum of 3 nights/4 days for each participant (covered with the payment of a stipend that is calculated based on the rates used by the UN by country and location).

o   NOTE:  the  financial  support  does  not  include  financing  for  visas  or passports.  In  cases  where  required;  the  participant  is  responsible   for procuring  these  documents  on his/her  own.  The travel  process  will only begin once participants demonstrate they meet the Passport and visa requirements of the destination country.

•   Support  will be given to a maximum  of 2 local governments.  A round-trip  visit constitutes an exchange.

•   Technical assistance for the documentation of the exchange.

5.          Expected results

•   Establishment of cooperation between the municipalities involved in the Campaign in the areas of disaster risk management related to the 10 essential aspects.

•  Identification  of  tools  and  technical  resources  that  have  been  implemented  in  local contexts in order to integrate disaster risk reduction and adaptation (and mitigation) to climate change in development practices.

•   Systematization of the experiences as a contribution to the definition of the post-2015
Development Agenda and the Post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

•    Publication and dissemination of the exchange reports through different media in the region.



Commitments of local governments participating in the exchange

Each exchange shall be documented, including an audio-visual record, using a reference



guide provided for that purpose. A summary of the highlights of the exchange will be



posted on the UNISDR website.


Each local government  will coordinate  media coverage, local and/or national, on the experience of exchange. In addition, each will prepare a brief note to be published on



the UNISDR website.


Six  months  after  the  exchange  is  conducted,  participating  local  governments  must submit a brief report on actions taken as a result thereof.





Procedure for applying to the call:



Complete the application form included in Annex 1.



The  application  could  be  completed  by  one  or  more  local  government  institutions.



Preference  will be given  to applications  that involve  two or more local government






Obtain the support of the highest authority of each of the local governments that would



be participating in the exchange. The application must be accompanied by a letter from



the highest authority (Mayor, Prefect, or the equivalent), indicating his/her interest and



willingness to support the exchange.



In the application letter, participants must commit to preparing a report of the exchange



according to the guidelines set forth in Section 6 of this call. Exchange documentation



is the responsibility of the participating local governments.



Include  a  preliminary  agenda  for  the  implementation   of  the  exchange  using  the



proposed plan in Annex 2. The agenda must include tentative dates for the completion



of the activity.



Send the application form and its corresponding annexes and the letters of support for



the exchange of experiences to UNISDR, Regional Office-The Americas by email to  The  letters  of  support  must  be  signed  by  the  participating  local






NOTE: Applications which do not use the above format or that do not include letters of



support from the authorities will not be accepted.





Procedure for the review and selection of proposals submitted to the call

An evaluation committee, using the criteria mentioned above, will review the applications. The committee will select up to 6 exchange proposals. The evaluation committee will comprise of personnel from UNISDR and members of other institutions invited to participate in the process.

•   Exchange  proposals  that  enable  continuity  and/or  strengthen  cooperation  and/or collaboration efforts already underway will be prioritized.

•   Technical support for the documentation of the exchange will be provided.

•   The revision of the proposals also assesses the integration of gender equality criteria and the participation  of civil society,  including  segments  of the population  with higher levels of vulnerability, the private sector and academia.

9.          Important dates for the call:

New: due to many requests, the submission deadline has been extended until August 1st 2014

Opening date of the call: June 16, 2014

Closing date of the call: August 1st, 2014

Publication ofthe results from the call will begin on July 30, 2014.

Tentative period during which the exchanges will be conducted: September- October 2014

Related links

Download Second Call in PDF

Download Annex 1: TOR´s of call for proposals

Download Annex 2: format for the exchange agenda


Important note about the application procedure:

  1. The proposals for the exchange of experiences should be submitted jointly by at least two (2) local governments. The proposal could include more than two (2) local governments, however, as indicated in the terms of reference, UNISDR can only fund a total of 4 (four) participants per exchange.

  2. Local governments interested in participating in the call may request support from UNISDR to find possible candidates with which to prepare and submit the proposal. UNISDR will provide the contact details of the focal points of the cities of interest, however each local government is responsible for contacting the possible candidates and work together in the preparation of the proposal.