Mobilizing Pro-Poor Investments for Adaptation & Resilience in the Post-COVID Economic Recovery

Urban Thinkers Campus Series with UN Habitat
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Urban Thinkers Campus Series

Mobilizing Pro-Poor Investments for Adaptation & Resilience in the Post-COVID Economic Recovery



Webinar on 25 June 2020, 14:00 – 15:30 CET Join using this link


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.

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.

The main objective of this session organized by UN Habitat, 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.

Guiding questions: 

  • What can the international community do to ensure that economic stimulus packages favor, or prioritize, transition to a more climate-friendly and resilient economy? 
  • How can we ensure relevant investments are channeled to cities and urban areas, being the economic hubs everywhere.
  • How can we favor investments in adaptation and resilience of communities and infrastructure, given the historic low representation in climate and development finance?
  • What is the role of the urban poor in this? Are the avenues and options for the most vulnerable to facilitate investments.
  • How do you see the role of your organization, and how we can work together to move this line-of-thought forward?


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