Bangkok in Melbourne: The BMA Urban Liveability and Resilience Program

This document is a report on the pilot of an innovative cross-sectoral collaborative model to strengthen the capacity of city leaders to build liveable, resilient cities - the ‘BMA Urban Liveability and Resilience Program’ - delivered in Melbourne, Australia from 29 May to 9 June 2017. This initiative is important because of the need for accessible and replicable systems that build the capacity of city governments to provide solutions to pressing urban challenges – in partnership with their city’s citizens, civil society organisations and the private sector. It trials a model that is focused on a partnered and integrated approach to city development – providing experiential, contextual learning, enabling the formation of new inter-departmental and bilateral relationships and fostering leadership. Designed and delivered by the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, in partnership with AECOM, RMIT University, and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), the ‘BMA Urban Liveability and Resilience’ program drew upon Melbourne’s reputation, (and experience), as a ‘liveable’ city. It accessed expertise in liveability, resilience and sustainable urban development from across the state, with leaders from nineteen organisations across Melbourne and Victoria (representing state and city governments, universities, services and the private sector) facilitating workshops that explored commonly held challenges between the two cities and presented best practice solutions, tools and conceptual frameworks. This process was facilitated by the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and included expert contribution from the Programme’s ‘Urban Scholars’.