Invitation to Urban October Knowledge Sharing Session#2

Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience: Innovative Practices from the Global Future Cities Programme Partners

Friday 29th October 2021, 07:30am-09:30am UTC

You are invited to attend the second Global Future Cities Programme (GFCP) Urban October Knowledge Sharing event in 2021. Urban October is a month of exciting meetings, discussions and events focusing the world’s urban issues and sustainable development. This year’s theme will focus on the climate crisis which is also the theme of UN-Habitat’s campaign ClimateAction4Cities.   

In this event, UN-Habitat, FCDO, delivery partners, and experts will come together to discuss global practices and local GFCP projects that are helping cities adapt for climate resilience and share challenges and innovative, inspiring practices for urban resilience.

UN-Habitat will facilitate the session which will feature presentations from GFCP partners, followed by a roundtable discussion and Q&A. We hope to see you there for what promises to be an interesting and critical conversation ahead of the COP-26.   



Introduction and Opening Remarks

  • ICLEI/ UNFCC High-level Champions Race to Resilience (Ms. Kate Strachan - ICLEI),
  • UN-Habitat (Mr. Klas Groth)


  • A participatory approach to build climate resilience in secondary cities: the CityRAP methodology (Ms. Selene Angelone - UN-Habitat)
  • Work of the UK FCDO Resilient Cities and Infrastructure Team -Overview (Mr. Rory Moody - FCDO) - Adopting Nature Based Solutions for Climate-resilient Infrastructure in New Clark City (Mr. Ramon Abracosa – ADB, Ms. Cherrie Nuez – FCDO)
  • Planning for Urban Resilience in Ogun State and Metropolitan Lagos: Ecological management, adaptive mitigation and strengthening community-based resilience (Mr. Tony Lloyd Jones - Future Cities Nigeria) 
  • The Bangkok Decision Support System for Flood Management Intervention (Mr. Richard Wood – Mott MacDonald)

Roundtable Discussion & Open Q+A

Closing remarks 

  • FCDO GFCP (Mr. Peter Turner)



Tony Lloyd-Jones is a development practitioner working with governments and international agencies for more than 30 years. Reader and Course Director in International Planning and Sustainable Development at the University of Westminster in London, he has engaged in research and practice across Africa and in developing countries globally, including pioneering work in the field of urban resilience


Richard Wood is a Principal Civil Engineer at Mott MacDonald. He is currently Team leader for the Bangkok Decision Support System for Flood Management Intervention, which is part of the UK FCDO’s Global Future Cities Programme.


Selene Angelone is an architect with 12 years of experience with the private sector, NGOs and the United Nations. She holds a post-graduate specialization in project strategies and innovation in humanitarian emergencies. Selene is currently a consultant for the Regional Office for Africa, UN-Habitat, supporting the portfolio on urban climate resilience and DRR.


Cherrie Nuez is international development program adviser with over a decade of diverse experience in development economics, international trade and investments. She currently works as the Programme Adviser for the Global Future Cities Programme in Philippines. Prior to this role, she served as the Trade and Investment officer for the UK’s Department of International Trade, promoting bilateral economic relationship between UK and the Philippines in infrastructure, aviation and defense sectors. Cherrie has also previously worked as an investment specialist for the Philippine government and has a master’s degree in Applied Economics.


Ramon Abracosa is an independent consultant and an Adjunct Professor at the Asian Institute of Management. His expertise is in civil and environmental engineering, urban infrastructure development, climate resilience, and land and water resource management. He has over three decades of work experience, including over 100 consulting projects with various international development organizations. He currently serves as climate resilience expert for a $150 million multi-donor Urban Climate Resilience Trust Fund managed by ADB. He received his master’s and PhD degrees from the Civil Engineering Department of Stanford University.


Rory Moody is an urban adviser in the Resilient Cities and Infrastructure Team (FCDO). He studied geography and holds postgraduate qualifications in environmental economics and urban planning. He has 12 years experience of policy and project delivery roles in the UK Government (Cabinet Office, DFID, Government Office for Science), working with city governments in Europe and international agencies in Africa across a range of sectors (transport, energy, economic development).


Dr Kate Strachan holds the position of Senior Professional Officer: Climate Change, Energy and Resilience at ICLEI Africa. Kate holds aPhD in Environmental Science, focused on coastal changes associated with climate change. She has experience working with and for local governments to build climate resilience, developing climate adaption plans, undertaking climate and disaster risk assessments, identifying challenges and opportunities associated with natural assets and strengthen local sustainability through influencing development policies and planning systems. Kate is also the Cities and RegionsRace to ResilienceLead for the UNFCCC’s High-Level Climate Champions Team.

For any questions or queries, please contact Jean You ( or Greg Meckstroth ( We look forward to your participation and will update the above agenda when more details arise.   

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