17 May 2020 - City leaders are taking note. Amid the destruction of lives and the global economy, the pandemic is offering cities the unprecedented opportunity to restructure society sustainably and equitably
17 May 2020 - The COVID-19 curve is rising in many global south cities, and city authorities are facing increasing pressure from citizens to find a sustainable path for containing the virus. This means finding intermediate containment options that can allow people to earn a living, particularly workers in the informal economy and others on daily wages while slowing the spread of COVID-19.
05 May 2020 - The economic toll of the coronavirus is forcing cities and states to redirect money away from projects that provide climate resilience, in a shift that threatens to tackle one crisis at the expense of another.
05 May 2020 - The lockdown has thrown us all into a real-time laboratory full of living examples of what a more sustainable future might look like. We have a perfect opportunity to study and explore which of these could be locked in to build sustainable, and safer, cities.
05 May 2020 - Tourism is a strategic sector for Europe, it weighs 10% of its GDP. To revive the machine, European Commissioner Thierry Breton wants a "Marshall tourism plan", but calls to think about a more sustainable and resilient sector. Faced with the disasters generated by mass tourism, the Covid-19 crisis could have the effect of an electric shock. The example is striking in Venice which, relieved of millions of tourists, rediscovers the beauty of its sanitized canals.
05 May 2020 - Some observers now predict, or hope, that covid-19 will transform cities. History suggests that it is foolish to bet against big cities. Repeated terrible outbreaks of plague and cholera barely delayed the growth of London or Paris. If covid-19 can be run to ground in a couple of years, the urban fabric might not change much.
03 May 2020 - As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to wreak havoc around the world experts predict that African countries could be the hardest hit. But African youth are not sitting idly by waiting for the worst to come; throughout the continent, they are hard at work providing solutions to help reduce the spread of the virus and address the socio-economic impact of the pandemic.
01 May 2020 - A functional city means that governance and service delivery systems work seamlessly, effectively and simultaneously along a range of dimensions. A good example is Helsinki. In 2017, the new City Strategy modeled Helsinki as the world’s most functional city by offering the best conditions possible for good urban life for residents, businesses, and visitors.
01 May 2020 - Across the world, from Wuhan to New York City, cities are on the frontline of the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Even before the current pandemic we knew cities needed to change significantly to meet the global goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals, or New Urban Agenda. The IPCC’s report on what it will take to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius argued that all cities need to be net zero carbon emitters by 2050. Today, not a single city is net zero. To reach these goals will require major alterations to how we build, manage and live in cities – not just change, but transformational change.