Letter from Amman Mayor, Dr. Yousef Al- ShawarbehJuly 18, 2017
Since ancient times Amman has always been resilient with its people and has been able to deal successfully with all the situations and migration waves it witnessed.
Today, Amman is a diverse city within the national unity framework, just as in its old history, the city of brotherly love: Philadelphia, its ancient name. As we join the 100 Resilient Cities network, we aim to deepen our knowledge of the international model tools used to deal with the shocks and stresses facing today’s cities which are characterized by population growth and climate change, in order to build and enhance our city’s resilience in line with the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein.
The city’s resilience is a basic requirement to create integrated societies,address the needs of their people and ensure their well-being. Therefore,we found that this initiative is pioneering in terms of bringing together individuals, companies, institutions, civil society organizations and international organizations to consider the problems and explore opportunities and initiatives. We used that as a basis to draft our first Resilience Strategy, which is different from previous strategies as it is inclusive and diverse, and joining 100RC network gave us access to learn
from the best practices of other cities. As we seek to put this strategy into practice, through implementation of its actions, I would like to thank the employees of GAM who worked on the drafting of this strategy. I would like also to thank 100 Resilient Cities network and the Rockefeller Foundation which supports this initiative, for helping us in developing our strategy, in collaboration with our strategic partner Arup and we look forward to more collaboration to build a better future for our city and its people.
Dr. Yousef Al-Shawarbeh