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 UN agencies to make their work more impactful.
UN-Habitat is focusing on three major response areas to tackle COVID-19 and its impact in different urban contexts and types of communities.
1) Support local governments and community driven solutions in informal settlements
2) Provide urban data evidence based, mapping and knowledge for informed decision making
3) Mitigate economic impact and initiative recovery
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