NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined more than 1,000 global leaders, current and former heads of state, philanthropy leaders, top business and organizations from over 70 nations at the ninth Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. During the opening plenary session of the 2013 CGI meeting, Mayor Landrieu joined former President Bill Clinton as he announced a global commitment to action to the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, a project of the Rockefeller Foundation. Through this announcement, New Orleans was announced as the pilot city for a newly created resilience dashboard which was developed in partnership by Palantir, which is part of the 100 Resilient Cities commitment, led by the Rockefeller Foundation.
"We are honored to be chosen to pilot this innovative partnership which will provide for collaboration, coordination, and technical expertise to help build a more resilient globe," said Mayor Landrieu. "New Orleanians are the most resilient people on earth and we are the nation's most immediate laboratory for innovation and change, so it was natural that we work with our partners at the Rockefeller Foundation and Palantir to test the technology that will make cities safer and more resilient. This is a true partnership between among the private, philanthropic, and public sectors."
Building off of their 2013 CGI commitment to facilitate more efficient disaster response, Palantir will jointly deploy their data fusion and analysis platform to empower a diverse spectrum of cities around the world. The technology will provide a resilience dashboard for CROs and other city officials, improving their ability to conduct strategic planning, empirical risk assessments, and capital investment decisions when preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural, economic, political, and biological shocks.
As the final component of this commitment, the Rockefeller and Palantir partnership will launch a pilot with the City of New Orleans. The City of New Orleans will be the first to have access to the newly created resilience dashboard. The dashboard includes data sets and indicators that when put together can assist a city with its Resilience planning. The City of New Orleans has committed to working with Palantir and the Rockefeller Foundation to refine the dashboard so that it is most useful for the 100 Resilient Cities once they are selected and have access.
The commitment to action focuses on the importance of building the resilience of cities around the world to strengthen their ability to prepare and recover more quickly from disasters caused by extreme weather or seismic events. This commitment is led by The Rockefeller Foundation and shared by Swiss Re, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Architecture for Humanity and Palantir. Their partnership will support at least 100 cities to hire a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), create a resilience strategy and provide access to tools, technical support and resources for implementation including access to innovative finance for infrastructure development.
100 Resilient Cities is supported through a $100 million pledge to build urban resilience from the Rockefeller Foundation, the which has launched a new organization,100 resilient cities, that will be a center for bringing together innovative resilience thinking and action, supporting cities around the world. This network will grow to include at least 100 cities from around the world.
Earlier this year, New Orleans was chosen as one of eight American cities to partner in the Rockefeller Foundation's RE.invest Initiative, which will help cities develop resilient urban storm water infrastructure systems. The RE.invest Initiative will help cities like New Orleans rethink the way they design, plan, implement and finance urban infrastructure. By helping cities use public resources more efficiently and attract new sources of private investment, RE.invest will reduce the burden placed on city personnel and public budgets.
The CGI Annual Meeting’s theme is ‘Mobilizing for Impact’ and is taking place in New York City from September 23rd to the 26th. As part of The Clinton Foundation, established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI is an annual meeting that brings together global leaders to discuss innovative solutions to address the top issues and challenges facing people across the world. Since its start, CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries.
Following CGI, Mayor Landrieu will depart for Washington, D.C. On Thursday, Mayor Landrieu and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will deliver a joint speech to the National Press Club in Washington D.C. titled, “A National Call for Action to End the Violence Crisis in US Cities.”
The speech seeks to focus on the daily grind of violence on our streets and what we can do about it. The mayors will share their perspective on the role of the Federal government, non-profits, business leaders and the community in creating safe neighborhoods where individuals and families can thrive.
Mayor Landrieu will return to New Orleans on Thursday, September 26, 2013.