It is our pleasure to hereby send you the second CIB newsletter of 2020. Thank you all for your contributions!
CIB is mindful of the current COVID-19 outbreak and has created a Google Drive where all CIB members can share their methods and approaches on how to deal with these new challenges. CIB also introduced a circular fully dedicated to COVID-19 to keep all members up to date.
As you might have read in our circular, the CIB chairs and secretariat are currently working on replacing the CIB annual meeting by a shorter online CIB annual meeting that will take place on 17 June, 14:00 - 17:00 CEST. Please find more information on the annual meeting in this newsletter. We hope to meet all of you online!
Lastly, in this newsletter a new permanent section is introduced: Working on Gender Equality at the local level.
The next CIB newsletter will be sent out at the end of June - please send your input to email@example.com.
CIB Working Group secretariat
Jessie Post, Julia Estrada Londoño & Stan Abma
Policy Items and UCLG news
Working on Gender Equality at the local level
LGA blog series
Updates of CIB members
Calendar of events
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.
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 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.