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Today, more than a half of the earth’s population live in cities. As a result of climate change and urbanisation, natural and human-made disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity, and the urban poor are often the most affected by these calamities.

The first Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific congress held last 11-13 February in Bangkok saw the launch of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), a regional platform that aims to build a coalition of practitioners and institutions committed to helping cities withstand and recover from the impacts of climate change.

In this video, Jim Jarvie, director of ACCCRN and the international aid NGO Mercy Corps, explains why building inclusive urban climate change resilience is critically important for Asia.

This article has been produced by SciDev.Net's South-East Asia & Pacific desk.