Eurasia Regional Section of the World organization "United Cities and Local Governments"

#BeyondTheOutbreak: A Learning Experience in response to crises

#BeyondTheOutbreak: A Learning Experience in response to crises

UCLG is launching a live learning experience for local and regional governments that, through solidarity and political will, are pushing more than ever to fulfill their critical role as drivers of change. They are working to carry out an affordable and fair service delivery, fostering the preservation of the commons, and promoting human rights just as we are going through of one of the most challenging crises of the 21st Century.

This Live Learning Experience, facilitated by UCLG, Metropolis, and UN-Habitat, will aim to harness the solidarity and the political will of those local and regional governments on the frontline, showcasing the value of local public servants who are pushing to carry out a fair service delivery, fostering the preservation of the commons, and promoting human rights in the midst of this crisis.

The live learning experience will be built around three blocks:

●      To create a virtual and living community, a safe environment, to share experiences of crisis management and protection of the commons through series of virtual exchanges on specific topics related to the role of public service delivery between cities and partners.

●      The development and dissemination of a guide together with UN Habitat to equip the constituency for quick and effective response to the ongoing emergency situation that derives from the current outbreak taking stock of the situation, learning to date, and gaps on key issues related to COVID-19 preparedness and response.

●      An online repository facilitated by Metropolis, to allow for the active sharing of materials, strategies, and protocols by members around the world to help others succeed and rapidly scale up the fight against the virus.

The first phase of this collective exercise involves the participation of a limited group of local and regional governments, across different regions of the world and in different phases of contagion of the current pandemic including Barcelona, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Durban, Lampedusa, Madrid, Rome, Toulouse and Xi’an. These governments will share the different actions taken to raise public awareness and implement emergency mechanisms that help maintain an orderly functioning of services.

International partners, including Habitat International Coalition, the International Union of Public Transport, Public Service International, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, together with UN Agencies coordinated by UN-Habitat, will provide specific inputs to enhance and collecting of learnings to better prepare for such challenges.

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