Build Back Better: Cities at the Frontlines of COVID-19 Impact and Recovery
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Cities are not only at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also likely to see lasting changes from it, from their physical form to economic and community structure.
Cities are struggling to provide adequate access to water and sanitation for handwashing needs, healthcare services are being overwhelmed, and public transit systems are drastically reduced. Low-income populations living in informal settlements, informal workers and migrants are facing the brunt of the pandemic due to poor access to services, lost livelihoods and food shortages.
As governments reassess priorities and consider stimulus packages, the imperative for more resilient, inclusive, green cities is greater than ever. Building back better can accelerate both the recovery and resilience of cities. This requires a different approach to how investments are allocated, prioritized and designed, putting cities, settlements and communities at the heart of these processes.
What should national governments and cities invest in now to respond to pressing needs and to become more resilient in the future? How can urban investments reach where they are needed most? WRI Ross Center will bring together key experts to discuss these challenges and the way forward.
- Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat
- Sheela Patel, Founder and Director, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers; Chair, Slum/Shack Dwellers International
- Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, The Netherlands
- Sameh Wahba, Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, World Bank
- Ani Dasgupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
- Rogier van den Berg, Director, Urban Development, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (moderator)
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- After the Crisis: How COVID-19 Can Drive Transformational Change in Cities
- Tackling Inequality in Cities Is Essential for Fighting COVID-19
- From My Window: A View of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Mumbai