UN Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on COVID-19 in an Urban World

The UN Secretary-General’s latest policy brief discusses how urban areas are suffering the brunt of the pandemic and recommends immediate and long-term action for cities. Priorities include tackling the cyclical inequalities that make the marginalized even more vulnerable, strengthening the capacities of local governments, and undertaking a resilient, inclusive, gender-equal and green economic recovery.

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Knowledge product type: policy brief

Year: 2020

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