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UCLG will call for maintaining the SDGs as the framework for the COVID-19 recovery at the 2020 HLPF
The 2020 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) will take place virtually from Tuesday 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020. Under the auspices of ECOSOC, this year’s theme is “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”. (+)
Access to healthy food: lessons from a pandemic
food - 06/07/2020
The pandemic has shown, at a time when people have stopped working, stopped moving, and when borders have been closed by necessity, the weaknesses of our production and food systems. Large parts of the population have seen their access to quality food worsened. The transformation of the food system, and the role of territories in it, is taking hold in the urban era and even more so in the pandemic. (+)
Reimagining Public Safety in the face of historical inequalities and emerging crisis in Cities
- 01/07/2020
With more than half of the world’s population under lockdown conditions by early April, COVID-19 has cast a harsh light on inequalities and social distress in urban environments across the globe. Under lockdown conditions, there has been a spike in domestic violence, in civil unrest, and other crimes as movement restrictions, loss of income, isolation, high levels of stress and anxiety create tensions and strains at home. (+)
Local Democracy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 has had a strong impact on local and regional governments and has affected electoral processes, meetings of municipal councils and political bodies, and decision-making processes at the local level. Local and regional governments met in the Live Learning session, organized by UCLG, UN-Habitat and Metropolis to show their political commitment to decision-making at the local level to achieve their role as drivers of change. The solidarity, local democracy, and protection of the common good shown by local and regional governments will be vital to rethink our societies in the wake of the pandemic. (+)
- 23/06/2020
The global Covid-19 pandemic has as a universal health crisis exposed the fragility of our consumption and production patterns. At the same time, it has highlighted the critical role of local and regional government (LRGs) services in times of crisis. Millions worldwide are turning to their closest level of government – their local authorities and their frontline staff – seeking guidance, support and responses to the major threats to their health and livelihood they face. (+)
- 16/06/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened many of the inequalities of which we were already aware, and has affected coexistence in our cities and territories during the confinement situation. Local and regional governments around the world have been at the forefront in this regard as well, putting service provision at the center, seeking to develop governance that puts people at the center, and of course developing a culture of peace so that the health crisis does not become a social crisis. (+)