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

UCLG Presidency Sets a Decalogue for the COVID-19 Aftermath

UCLG Presidency Sets a Decalogue for the COVID-19 Aftermath

The UCLG Presidency meeting that took place on April 20 highlighted not just how the current crisis is modifying the ways in which we gather and exchange, but also the immense commitment of our Presidency to the network, and to set a frame for discussion on the future. Members of the Presidency, including UCLG President and Mayor of Al-Hoceima Dr. Mohamed Boudra, took part in the session. Deputy Mayor of Kazan Evgenia Lodvigova and Secretary General of Rasikh Sagitov represented UCLG-Eurasia during the meeting.

The gathering addressed how cities, territories and their associations are dealing with the pandemic around the world, with members of the presidency sharing examples and visions. Despite the diverse realities the UCLG leadership expressed determined commitment to maintaining basic service provision, and ensuring equal access to them to their communities, paying special attention to the most vulnerable. The Presidency further agreed that the world will never be the same and that our constituency needs to be very involved in shaping the future.

‘As local and regional governments, we are demonstrating that we are key allies of the Ministries of Health who, along with scientists, remain the point of reference for action and solutions. We are demonstrating, not only as mayors, but also as a network of local governments, why local governments are key players in overcoming this crisis and shaping the models for the future’, UCLG President Mohamed Boudra said.

One of the key outcomes of the meeting was the signing of the Decalogue for the post COVID-19 era. It is the political charter of UCLG in these times of crisis, focusing on the commitment of local and regional governments to build a world of solidarity. The 10 actions highlighted in the decalogue aim to transform how the governance system interacts with communities by protecting those that need it the most, transforming the multilateral system, and ensuring that the sacrifices that we are undertaking do not become a burden for the communities of the future. 

20.04.2020

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