CIB news

In view of the upcoming virtual CIB annual meeting, we would like to ask the CIB members to share information on examples of the COVID-19 activities that they are developing within their ongoing international capacity...
As communicated last week, the CIB chairs and secretariat have decided to transform the scheduled CIB annual meeting 2020 into a virtual (shortened) annual meeting. After consultation with members last week, we can now announce...
The global COVID-19 outbreak requires us to rethink our (inter)national programmes and activities, in order to adequately tackle the current crisis and its aftermath. To be able to enhance information exchange on COVID-19...

Policy Items and UCLG news

The collaborative online platform, Cities for Global Health - launched by Metropolis and the Euro-Latin-American Alliance of Cooperation among Cities (AL-LAs), with the support and collaboration of United Cities and Local...
On the 9th of April, the CIB Working Group, UCLG, Metropolis, and UN-Habitat co-hosted the Live Learning Experience on the role of Local Government Associations (LGAs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Various local and regional...
The COVID-19 pandemic will most likely also have an impact on this year’s High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. In view of the expected limitations on in-person meetings and international travel, the ECOSOC...
Through this month, UCLG and the UCLG Capacity and Institution Building Working Group have organized a series of webinars – facilitated by UCLG Learning and UCLG GOLD - on the role of Local and Regional Governments...

Working on Gender Equality at the local level

On April 2nd, the CIB Working Group organized a webinar on Women Leadership, which was attended by almost 90 participants. During this webinar, local government experts from Sweden, Uganda and Ukraine shared their first-hand...
UN Women published an interesting brief which highlights emerging evidence of the impact of the recent global pandemic of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls. It provides recommendations to be considered by all sectors...

LGA blog series

Local governments have an essential role in combatting COVID-19 pandemic. Cities – with duties such as social services, public transportation, education, public health and local economy – are working with full efforts...

Updates of CIB members

On the 14th of May 2020 from 03:00 pm to 04:30pm CEST, DeLoG and VNG International will conduct a webinar on pathways for local authorities to deal with protracted urban violence. To register for this webinar, please click here. The...
In the past years, VVSG has actively worked on localizing the SDGs in Flanders, providing municipalities with materials and inspiration on awareness raising and policy planning. With success: 178 out of the 300 Flemish municipalities...
The policies and practices of local authorities have an important role in shaping international relations of the states. The activities carried out by local authorities in the fields of economy, environment, health, tourism,...
The Swedish International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD) has been working together with local governments in both South Africa and Indonesia to create better conditions to deal with COVID-19. – It is fantastic...
Beginning in 2014, CISAL worked closely with 17 municipalities in Colombia and Peru to adopt strategies that strengthen governance, promote local economic development (LED) and increase gender equity. Over the course of five...
During 2019, the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) of UCLG-Africa continued its activities aimed at investing in the Human Capital of African Local Governments, notable through the expansion of its Network of Anchoring...
More than 100 Mayors and senior officials of French local authorities who are engaged in partnerships with cities in Africa are calling for more solidarity in combatting COVID-19. "This global health crisis has and will have...

Publications

OECD Cities Policy Responses

This note is developed by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) in collaboration with the OECD Working Party for Urban Policy and the OECD Champion Mayors Initiative for Inclusive Growth. The note provides examples of measures taken by cities to respond to the current coronavirus epidemic, clustered aroundsix categories: i) communication and awareness raising, ii) workplace and commuting; iii) social distance; iv) vulnerable groups; v) local service delivery; and vi) support to business. Annex A provides more detailed information on these city initiatives.This is a working document, which will be updated every 2-3 weeks1. Future versions of this note will feature policy analysis and recommendations.

Paper Impact COVID-19 on Local Authorities

The COVID-19 crisis is having a deep effect on local governance around the world. The outbreak has a profound effect on local public health, an unprecedented impact on local economies around the world and it magnifies existing social issues, including inequality. In some contexts, the crisis undermines local public order, where specifically developing and fragile countries may see the crisis disrupt local democratic processes.Further, in the face of these external circumstances, local governments’ financial and human resources are stretched to their limits and the lack of institutionalised crisis management practice takes its toll. In the countries where VNG International works, we see many examples where the quality of governance may undermine communities’ resilience and stability, but also how local governments and their associations respond to the crisis.Therefore we recommend that local governments strengthen their ability to respond to, learn from and mitigate the impact of crises, that external actors continue to support sustainable inclusive governance to strengthen the resilience of communities and that the international community sustains its support to international solidarity and local cooperation. Please find the full publication via link below.

UN Habitat COVID-19 Response Plan

UN-Habitat is responding to a growing volume of requests from both national and local governments to help them prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Building on more than 40 years of urban experience, much of it in humanitarian situations, we are focusing on the city-level response to the crisis. We are leveraging our extensive network of partners on the ground, bringing together mayors, governors, transport and utilities providers, urban NGOs, women's and youth groups, and slum-dweller community organizations. And we will bring our catalytic support to help central and local governments, communities and UB agencies to make their work more impactful.