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COVID-19 Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly affecting the work of local governments. ICLEI is collecting resources that can be useful and inspiring to our network.

ICLEI Resources


Advocacy and ICLEI events affected by COVID-19. We are tracking the latest developments on how the global crisis is affecting events around the globe.

COVID-19 transport resources: Keeping cities moving. Aiming to support cities respond in this uncertain time, ICLEI Sustainable Mobility share on this page selected resources and measures from cities and partners across the globe.

City Resilience Stories - COVID-19: Coping, Learning and Building Urban Resilience. This first webinar features Chief Resilience Officers David Jácome Polit from Quito and Piero Pelizzaro from Milan addressing disaster response, aid distribution, vulnerable populations, multi-level governance, and jurisdiction competencies in the context of a sanitary crisis. Here's the final Q&A.

City Resilience Stories - Recovering from Pandemic: Transforming cities through subnational leadership. This second webinar features representatives from New York City, Bonn, Quelimane, Local 2030, UN-Habitat and ICLEI for a dialogue on incorporating climate and sustainability goals into the COVID-19 recovery.

City Resilience Stories - Applying the principles of resilience building and DRR for the unexpected. This third webinar co-organized by ICLEI and UNDRR (GETI) addresses the principles of resilience building and DRR for unexpected crises and disasters in cascade in Australian cities. 13 May | 7:00 AM CEST.

How the ICLEI network is responding to COVID-19

Sustainability officers report on the effects of COVID-19 crisis on their work. Since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported at the end of 2019, every sector of society around the world has been affected. Sustainability departments are no exception.

The COVID-19 crisis: Are we daring to look beyond? A message from Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI Regional Director for Europe.

Pressing Forward: Local government climate and sustainability staff speak to uncertainty amid global health crisis. This article captures some of the initial insights and adjustments our US Members are experiencing across diverse departments.

#RadarICLEI_Covid19​. This hashtag relates to a periodical curatorship, by ICLEI South America, of national and international references to inform, inspire and support the actions of local governors [in Portuguese].

ICLEI Africa resources page. This page collects a variety of resources tailored to African cities and local governments.

ICLEI Southeast Asia resources page. This page collects a variety of resources tailored to Asian cities and local governments.

Additional Resources

COVID-19 special: Working remotely for public servants. This free online workshop explains how to stay productive and leverage the full potential of your team while working remotely - via APOLITICAL

COVID-19: Lessons learnt and outlooks for sustainable, low carbon transport. This webinar focuses on the sustainable transport sector's response to the crisis, public and informal transport, bailout schemes and socio-economic stimulus plans. - via SloCaT

Collective responses to global health emergencies. A page for local governments to share initiatives designed as a reaction to COVID-19 and/or to face other health emergencies such as sanitary crisis or epidemics - via Cities for Global Health

How to communicate effectively with the public during COVID-19. This online workshop featuring academic experts in neuroscience and behavioural economics explains how to communicate effectively with the public and how the public is responding to messages about COVID-19 - via APOLITICAL

Management of COVID-19: Guidelines for public transport operators. This collection of guidelines aims to assist public transport operators in tailoring business continuity plans responding to the specific challenges of communicable diseases - via UITP

Cities and coronavirus (COVID-19). This curated collection of media and resources focuses on topics relevant to mayoral teams and departments, such as waste, food, buildings, transportation and public engagement - via The C40 Knowledge Hub

Governing through crisis. This five-part crisis management webinar series helps local and regional governments respond to COVID-19 - via CivicPlus

Why local government finance is essential to the COVID-19 response. A podcast on which measures local governments can deploy to address financial challenges - via the United Nations Capital Development Fund

Local governments responses COVID-19. This blog series explores the various responses, in particular the financial actions, of local governments against COVID-19 - via the United Nations Capital Development Fund

Fighting corona in transport. A continuously updated collection of knowledge on how to combat epidemics in transport - via Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)

The COVID-19 outbreak and implications to sustainable urban mobility. This detailed piece contains observations and examples from transport experts on how COVID-19 is affecting public transport and shared mobility options - via Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)

COVID-19 Webinar Series. This virtual conference examines the implications of COVID-19 for public health and the SDGs, as well as make recommendations on science-based responses - via Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Resilience of local governments: A multi-sectoral approach to integrate public health and disaster risk management. This webinar covers aspects of public health systems in the UNDRR Making Cities Resilient Campaign tool – the Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities - via United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Webinars. 60-minute webinars on the most relevant information and actionable recommendations on priority topics to support countries in their prevention, response and recovery efforts - via United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

The COVID crisis in cities: a tale of two lockdowns. This webinar highlights cities’ efforts to reduce sources of vulnerability and provide useful lessons to build greater resilience for the future - via OECD

All hands on deck: how to scale up multilateral financing to face the COVID-19 crisis. This article argues for stepped-up financial support to developing countries’ management of the coronavirus - via ODI

Emergency solidarity fund. A call for donations to provide mini-grants to heavily-impacted recycling workers - via Global Alliance for Incineration Alternative (GAIA)

Decalogue for the post COVID-19 era. Ten principles for this unprecedented opportunity to take responsibility towards future generations - via United Cities and Local Governments

A UN framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19. This report sets out the framework for the United Nations’ urgent socio-economic support to countries and societies in the face of COVID-19 - via United Nations

COVID19, Food & Nutrition Security, and Gender Equality. This paper describes how women, gender equality, and social norms are critical to recovering from the COVID19 crisis and building back better - via CARE

City Region Food Systems to cope with COVID-19 and other pandemic emergencies. This blog offers an analysis of challenges to food supply chains that have major implications for food security and nutrition - via RUAF

Food Aid System. Specific food aid actions, put in place by Municipality of Milan, to provide assistance to the elderly and vulnerable people - via Milan's Food Policy

Cities and Covid-19: Food access for vulnerable communities in practice. Co-organised by FAO, UNEP, ICLEI, RUAF and Rikolto, the webinar shares insights from a worldwide survey by FAO and dive into the experience of 3 cities: New York City (USA), Kampala (Uganda) and Quito (Ecuador). 15 May at 15:00 CEST - via Rikolto

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