The Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities network announced its second class of 35 cities on Dec. 2. The organization, which aims to help cities around the world with various challenges—encompassing socioeconomic obstacles and terrorism to environmental disasters—began with its first group of 32 cities in late 2013. The organization's goal is to create cities that are better able to respond effectively to unfavorable events and in which "basic functions are easily delivered, in good times and bad, to all populations."

To be considered for eligibility, a city must present a list of resilience challenges and ways it plans on minimizing its potential threats, such as floods or terrorist attacks, and becoming less susceptible to falling short while facing the latter. Once the city is adopted to the list, the 100 Resilient Cities network provides necessary resources to establish a protocol to resilience, in turn facilitating a methodical defense network between governments, businesses, and citizens.

Out of the 94 initial entries, only 35 were chosen by a jury including African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka, President and CEO of the Asia Society Josette Sheeran, and former President of Costa Rica José María Figueres, among other global figures.

Here are the new additions to the 100 Resilient Cities list:


Accra (Ghana), Arusha (Tanzania), Enugu (Nigeria), Kigali (Rwanda)

Latin America and the Caribbean:

Cali (Colombia), Juarez (Mexico), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Santa Fe (Argentina), Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic), Santiago, Metropolitan Region (Chile)


Athens (Greece), Barcelona (Spain), Belgrade (Serbia), London, Lisboa (Portugal), Milan, Paris, Thessaloniki (Greece)

Middle East:

Amman (Jordan)

North America:

Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Montreal, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tulsa


Sydney, Wellington City (New Zealand)

South, Southeast, and East Asia:

Bengaluru (India), Chennai (India), Deyang (China), Huangshi (China), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Singapore, Toyama (Japan)