The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
(UNISDR) will help pioneer International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 37120 in 45 cities committed to implementing the standard for resilient and sustainable cities.
37120, Sustainable development of communities -- Indicators for city services and quality of life, was the first standard published by ISO
Technical Committee (TC) 268, Sustainable development in communities.
The announcement was made in Sendai, Japan, last month just prior to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction.
A disaster risk reduction framework aimed at substantially reducing global disaster mortality and impact â€" with a focus on urban areas â€" by 2030 was endorsed at the conference.
With an estimated 70 percent of the worldâ€™s population projected to be living in cities by 2050, the role of cities in enabling safer and more sustainable futures is becoming more imperative each year.
37120 includes 100 indicators which steer and measure the performance of city services and quality of life, and measures a cityâ€™s social, economic, and environmental performance.
The standard is being implemented by Toronto-based World Council on City Data
(WCCD), UNISDR reports.
To heighten the outreach, UNISDR
currently has 45 role-model cities that are prepared implement ISO
37120 in a commitment to keep residents safe from natural dangers, including earthquakes, floods, and storms.
are partnering to ensure that Marking Cities Resilientâ€™s â€œTen Essentialsâ€� checklist will be incorporated into the ISO standard for resilient cities.
According to UNISDR
, the Ten Essentials focus on key issues such as good urban planning, land-use, a risk-informed citizenry, safe schools and health facilities, protection of ecosystems, early warnings, and emergency management.
In 2014, the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI), the U.S. member of ISO
, hosted a free webinar that underscored the importance of ISO
31720 for developed and developing economies alike.