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Cities Policy Responses

2020 - Tackling coronavirus (COVID‑19) - Contributing to a global effort


Aziza Akhmouch & core OECD team




This note was developed by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) in collaboration with the OECD Working Party for Urban Policy and the OECD Champion Mayors Initiative for Inclusive Growth. It is an update of the earlier versions released on 27 March and 13 May, which expands the examples of measures taken by cities to respond to COVID-19 and recover from the economic and social crisis. The note provides analysis on issues related to the economic, social and environmental impacts, lessons learned in terms of digitalisation, mobility, density, urban design and collaborative governance, and action-oriented guidance to build back better cities, building on previous work on urban resilience. Short and medium term responses provided by cities are clustered around six categories: i) social distancing; ii) workplace and commuting; iii) vulnerable groups; iv) local service delivery; v) support to business; and vi) communication, awareness raising and digital tools. The note also includes updated information on how cities are progressively exiting the lockdown.


COVID-19 Digitalisation & Communication Crisis Management Public Health & Public Services Local economy & industrie Good Urban Governance Urban management and administration Integrated urban development Sustainable mobility Public space Participation and urban planning Security in cities The social city Municipal services


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Latest publications

Capacity building for gender equality at the local level

2021 - Understanding the environment an learning from good practices!

Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) Working Group of UCLG

Strengthening the local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through local reviews and monitoring

2021 - Summary of the Connective Cities virtual dialogue event in cooperation with the City of Bonn, UCLG and PLATFORMA - 26, 27 and 29 April 2021

Connective Cities

Municipal energy efficiency projects in MENA

2021 - Detailed documentation of Connective Cities' virtual dialogue event, 18- 21 May 2021

Connective Cities