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Dec. 01, 2020

UN Policy Brief: COVID-19 in an Urban World


The remarkable growth of cities in recent decades has intensified a number of humanity’s most pressing challenges. It has also presented many of our greatest opportunities to protect people, prosperity, and the planet. COVID-19 has laid bare and indeed heightened both these challenges and opportunities.
As we respond to the pandemic and work towards recovery, we look to our cities as hubs of community, human innovation, and ingenuity.

Today, we have an opportunity to reflect and reset how we live, interact, and rebuild our cities. If done right, the response to our urban crisis can lead to a revolution and collective reprioritization of the world’s cities: towards diversity, inclusion, sustainable work, innovation, environmental sustainability, gender-responsive systems, and cohesive community building in the urban spaces we all share.
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