The United Nations are publishing multilingual documentation through the UNISDR (United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction) on the reduction of urban risks, particularly those related to climate change. The notion of Resilient City figures prominently, and several handbooks have been published. We can find interesting glossaries, that we have incorporated in this website, and numerous indicators of measure and estimation of climate change impacts. Unfortunately, the Mediterranean is not considered as a region per se, and there are no Mediterranean specificities in these studies.
UN-Habitat also published the most comprehensive report on urban policies regarding climate change, which we can consider standard in this field.
Cities and Climate Change Policy Directions - Global report
CITIES AND CLIMATE CHANGE: POLICY DIRECTIONS
GLOBAL REPORT ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS 2011
In summary, policy directions for linking climate change responses with urban development offer abundant opportunities; but they call for new philosophies about how to think about the future and how to connect different roles of different levels of government and different parts of the urban community. In many cases, this implies changes in how urban areas operate – fostering closer coordination between local governments and local economic institutions, and building new connections between central power structures and parts of the population who have often been kept outside of the circle of consultation and discourse.
The difficulties involved in changing deeply set patterns of interaction and decision-making in urban areas should not be underestimated. Because it is so difficult, successful experiences need to be identified, described and widely publicized as models for others. However, where this challenge is met, it is likely not only to increase opportunities and reduce threats to urban development in profoundly important ways, but to make the urban area a more effective socio-political entity, in general – a better city in how it works day to day and how it solves a myriad of problems as they emerge – far beyond climate change connections alone.
It is in this sense that climate change responses can be catalysts for socially inclusive, economically productive and environmentally friendly urban development, helping to pioneer new patterns of stakeholder communication and participation.
UNISDR - Anual Report 2014
A complete program of actions on reduction of disaster, including climate change. A place is given to the concept of resilient cities.
UNISDR - Terminology
One terminology (Glossary) from UNISDR you can find in a lot of language