The fourth Local Action for Global Commitments event will take place virtually, under the theme of Inclusive, Resilient and Green COVID-19 Response and Recovery at the Local Level.
The event will highlight that cities and human settlements are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. They often have important responsibilities not just in the immediate response to this crisis, but also in leading their communities in recovering from its socio-economic impacts. It is, however, clear that we cannot just strive to re-gain the pre-pandemic status quo. To become more resilient to future crises;be they disease outbreaks or climate-related disasters;cities and communities must address longstanding inequalities, nurture local economies, and strengthen sustainability. Against this background, the event will pursue the following objectives:
- Advocacy and awareness: Build a greater understanding about what it means to achieve an equitable and green response and recovery and the particular opportunities and challenges local actors face in doing so.
- Solutions: share promising innovations and solutions to promote an equitable and green response and recovery at the local level based on the SDGs.
- Partnership: foster exchange and engage new partners in the Local2030 community to foster collaboration around equitable and green response and recovery at the local level.
The event will consist of a high-level opening, moderated panel discussions and a closing. The two moderated panels will focus on the responsibilities of local governments during the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of inclusiveness and sustainability in guiding local recovery from the crisis. The event will be fully virtual and accessible to pre-registered participants. The audience will be able to interact via chat. The event will be held in English.