From a Global South Perspective
Resurgent Cities from a Global South Perspective is a session that addresses the following questions:
• What would a resurgent city look like from a Global South perspective?
• What does it mean to be resurgent?
• What might be the drivers, emerging issues, systems, narratives, values, and myths that make a city resurgent?
• What is the future of cities when viewed from a resurgent standpoint?
• Is there a difference between resilient and resurgence, and resilient and resurgent cities?
Of the 15 countries ranked as highly exposed and vulnerable to natural disasters, the majority of these countries are from the Global South. The cities of these countries are much less competent when dealing with complex risks in interconnected systems. There are signs of strains in many of these cities in absorbing the impacts of these risks. Thes include extreme weather events, natural disasters, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse, large-scale involuntary migration and water crisis and more so of their capability or capacity to “rise again” after an impact.
Focus of Resurgent Cities from a Global South Perspective
Cruz says, “I have leveraged from my discussions with colleagues from South Africa in my exploration of Global South city futures. In all of these engagements an alternative future city – that is, resurgent cities – came about.”
City Futures for City Leaders Penang
Alternative futures of global governance: scenarios and perspectives from the Global South
Building Resilient Cities of the Future
Human Futures (No. 1 December 2016)
Editors note: Definition of regional classification Global South from the Wikimedia Foundation.