Local Governments Confront the Dual Challenges of COVID and Climate

As local governments adapt to life under lockdown many face disruptions to their climate plans. The severe impact of the pandemic has meant councils are focusing on delivering essential services and financial support to meet the immediate needs of local residents and businesses. This is necessary but creates another risk by placing many critically important 

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Restoring trust in public transport: the way forward

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the transport sector has experienced some of the most severe social and economic impacts. Public transport is keeping cities moving through the crisis, getting essential workers to their jobs and supporting essential services. However, this is high risk work for drivers and operators even as they step up 

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Using resilience concepts in disaster response

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted normal life all over the world. While there are reports of rejuvenation of nature with minimal human interference ever since the lockdown has been initiated in different countries, there is also a major challenge of maintaining civic services while restricting human activities. The functioning of municipal governments all over 

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Bangladesh Municipality Initiates Free Delivery of Groceries in Eco-Friendly Vehicles during Lockdown

Following the imposition of a national lockdown in Bangladesh on March 24, to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Singra municipality has taken several initiatives for the people’s benefit. Leaflets are being used to spread awareness on the importance of staying at home, washing hands frequently and wearing masks. The municipality is also 

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The COVID-19 crisis: are we daring to look beyond?

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we face extremely challenging situations in Europe and beyond. We do not yet know how the situation in other countries in Europe and the world will develop, and when we will see a shift back to “normal.” This level of insecurity is unusually high and hard to bear.

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How COVID-19 is affecting the work of local government sustainability officers

Nontsundu Ndonga in uMhlathuze, South Africa, is now requiring all applications to the planning department to be completed online to eliminate the need for in-person consultations. Chris Castro in Orlando, Florida, USA, has had to postpone all of the city’s in-person Earth Day activities. Lotte Suveri, in Turku, Finland, has put all their social media 

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Advocacy and ICLEI events affected by COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many in-person events relating to local and regional governments and sustainability have been cancelled, postponed or in some way impacted. ICLEI is compiling a list of events affected by the pandemic that are relevant to our network. This list will be updated regularly based on the latest information available. UN 

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The importance of connecting people with nature in times of social isolation

The COVID-19 pandemic is placing huge strain on our communities, our governments, our healthcare systems and our economies. As our cities are grappling with this massive challenge, the value of nature in urban spaces should not be underestimated. Countless studies have shown that spending time outdoors in nature can be good for mental and physical 

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ICLEI Africa is agile and our virtual doors are open

The COVID-19 pandemic is placing huge strain on our communities, our governments, our healthcare systems and our economies. Especially during this time, many of our cities are grappling with immense health emergencies added to existing cumulative and unprecedented sustainability challenges. Building resilience will therefore be even more critical now.

Turning to science and systems change in the face of the coronavirus

By Tikender Panwar, Former Deputy Mayor of Shimla, India “Either we all are safe or none of us is.” This sentence in an article in the print media is apt in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that has spread to 177 countries and regions, has infected over 700,000 people, and has claimed more 

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