The COVID-19 pandemic is working as magnifying glass that highlights the aspects in which we were already behind, at a global scale. In a context of unprecedented and universal challenges we, the local and regional governments around the world, are at the forefront of the efforts to overcome these proving times as allies of other spheres of government, of the scientific community, and as global actors with important transformational and convening power.
The Decalogue for the COVID-19 era is our political charter for the aftermath. It is the document that will guide our international advocacy, and shape our thinking for the future of humanity, focusing on the commitment of local and regional governments to build a world of solidarity.
This document aims to transform how the governance system interacts with communities by protecting those that need it the most. The Decalogue has been inspired from the lessons learnt from our membership during exchanges held in the first 3 weeks of the outbreak. It is still in consultations within our membership, to ensure that this process also feeds into our inputs on the UN75 Dialogue, and our advocacy for the future.