London joins world cities to prepare for economic and social challenge

26 November 2018
  • City Hall forms new partnership with 100 Resilient Cities to share ideas and design plans to tackle challenges including a growing population, infrastructure and transport
  • The Mayor has appointed Fiona Twcyross as the new Chief Resilience Officer to lead resilience strategy for London


With the imminent arrival of Brexit and the uncertainty around what our exit from the European Union will look like, it is vital London is properly equipped to tackle and address a number of challenges at one time to ensure services are in place and to make the best use of resources.

Cities across the world are adopting this style of resilience planning to face the risks head on. London will be joining Paris, Kyoto, New York, Singapore and Buenos Aires to share ideas and create a robust strategy.

Fiona Twycross, Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, said: ““London faces huge pressures in the future, including the impact of Brexit on our economy, a severe lack of affordable housing and the challenges of tackling serious violence on our streets. All of this is against a backdrop of a growing population in London and the challenges of ensuring we have the infrastructure to keep our capital the best city in the world.

“Resilience isn’t just about emergencies and how we respond to them, it’s about identifying the risks and putting together a range of measures to help us mitigate those while ensuring our frontline services and resources are directed where they are needed most.

“I am really pleased to be leading our resilience strategy and joining the 100 Resilient Cities project to learn from and work closely with other world cities like Paris and New York on some of the common challenges we face.”

Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities, said: “Through its partnership with 100RC, London is engaging in a holistic resilience-building process led by Fiona Twycross and supported by the Mayor of London. London is joining a network of peers from cities across the globe that will share best practices and innovative thinking, and we look forward to working together with the Deputy Mayor and her team to build a more resilient London.”

City Hall will receive support from 100RC in developing a strategy, together with access to a range of partners to provide the tools and services needed to implement the strategy.

City Hall is leading a new initiative to ensure London is prepared to tackle future challenges facing the capital, including the impact of Brexit and a growing population.

London has today joined other world cities to form a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – a network to share best practice on how best to prepare for economic, social and physical challenges over the coming decades.

The Mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed Fiona Twycross, Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, as Chief Resilience Officer for London to lead the two-year project to prepare a resilience strategy for the capital. This will bring together and build on existing work by City Hall, London’s boroughs and the emergency services, to prepare London in the face of challenges including a growing population, infrastructure and transport.

The strategy will focus on issues including:

An ever-growing population- London could be home to 10million people by 2020 Infrastructure- How will London accommodate this growing population and business demand? Transport- Ensuring our vast transport network is fit for purpose in the face of increasing demand Housing- Providing housing that meets the needs of London’s diverse population

Notes to editors

  • About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit:

  • City Hall has secured funding from 110RC to fund two new posts to work with the Chief Resilience Officer in building a resilience strategy for London.