Urban Thinkers Campus Series - Mobilizing pro-poor investments for Adaptation & Resilience in the post-COVID economic recovery

Urban Thinkers Campus Series - Mobilizing pro-poor investments for Adaptation & Resilience in the post-COVID economic recovery

Date & Time: 25 June 2020, 14:00 – 15:30 CET
Venue: Online Session
Organizers: UN-Habitat

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BACKGROUND                     
The current COVID-19 crisis is showing the importance of city resilience and local responses to global problems. Pandemic and Climate vulnerabilities seem to interline at the local level. Early indications suggest low-income groups and informal settlements are at high risk of COVID-19 outbreaks, due to the lack of WASH services, overcrowding and poor air ventilation. On top of that, such populations tend to be the most vulnerable to COVID-19 caused economic disruptions. The World Bank published a forecast indicating job loss, loss of remittances, higher prices, rationing of food and other basic goods, and disruptions to health care services and education. The economic fallout could push half a billion people into poverty and jeopardize a decade of poverty reduction (UNU, 2020).
Globally, governments try to stimulate a ‘post-COVID’ economic recovery, and many voices suggest this to be an opportunity for countries to (re-) focus on core investments towards infrastructure and service delivery, fast-tracking a green and resilient transition. It is clear that governments are open to, or actively looking for, solutions to maintain and create jobs and invest in low-carbon and resilient transition, in line with a ‘build back better’ approach.
 
OBJECTIVE OF SESSION
The main objective of this session is to bring together experts to reflect on potential solutions for a enabling recovery packages to be both pro-poor and climate-proof. The main focus will be set towards the multiple avenues that could be explored to realize such integration.
 
FORMAT OF SESSION
Urban Thinkers Campuses are a flexible format for open candid discussions around core issues that bring together experts from various walks of life.
  1. Opening panel: The Urban Thinker Session is opened by the moderator, thereby introducing all panellists, and outlining the topic.  
  2. Roundtable Discussion: Urban Thinkers will have ample time to present key thoughts and discuss solutions for integrating climate-proof investments in post-Covid economy recovery, accelerating pro-poor action. Four key questions will be addressed and open to all attendees. We encourage to bring forward concrete examples of community level and city level issues as well as opportunities.
  3. Questions and Answers: The moderator actively engages the online audience to offer participants a chance to further explode key topics and questions.
  4. Conclusion & Report: The moderator summarizes the discussion and concludes the session with key messages, on which a final public report will be based.
PROGRAMME (as of 23 June)

CONTACT
Marcus Mayr - Programme Development - UN-Habitat - marcus.mayr@un.org
Christine Auclair - External Relations - UN-Habitat - christine.auclair@un.org