Across the globe, COVID-19 is threatening cities and communities, endangering not only public health, but also the economy and the fabric of society. COVID-19 is already having a deep, multidimensional impact and is expected to create the worst economic contraction in decades, with job losses already at an all-time high.
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, the organization is focusing on the city-level response to the crisis.
UN-Habitat is at the centre of helping cities be prepared for future waves of the pandemic, as well as equipped to tackle the lasting social and economic consequences. The organisation is especially concerned about the effect of the pandemic on people living in poverty, as well as communities which may be more vulnerable to the rapid changes and disruptions that the world has seen over the past months.