Municipal Response to COVID-19







Connective Cities Virtual Global Exchange

Challenges, Experiences, Solutions

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about good practices for tackling the COVID-19 crisis and to exchange experiences globally!

In cooperation with committed urban practitioners, municipal experts and local experts from science, civil society and business, Connective Cities is organising a virtual global exchange series from 23rd November to 3rd December 2020 on the topic "Municipal Response to COVID-19" and cordially invites you to participate in this series of events.

Registration for individual or multiple sessions is possible, please indicate your preference in the registration form. Participation is free of charge. Register now!


From 23rd November to 3rd December

Get inspired

8 topics, over 18 events, more than 30 expert contributions, many good practices

Improve your skills

Workshops for capacity building, peer-to-peer consultations, discussing applicable solution.

Tackle the crisis

Join our network, exchange knowledge & experiences, develop project ideas.


Programme overview

Monday, 23rd November

Opening Session

Cities in Crisis

Challenges and Future of Cities in view of the Pandemic

14:00 - 16:30 CET

Cities worldwide are severely affected by the effects of COVID-19. Our opening session will provide an overview of the challenges cities face during the pandemic. With contributions from Felix Reifschneider, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and Sabine Dress, German Association of Cities and Towns.

Plenary discussion with seven high-ranking representatives of cities from Mexico, Cap Verde, Georgia, Madagascar, Portugal and Ukraine.


Tue., 24th November

Public Health

08:30 - 10:30 CET

Infection Chains & Mobile Testing

Exchange of experience on successful strategies for tracing infection chains, testing strategies and mobile clinics with expert contributions from Wuhan, Shanxi (China), Berlin (Germany) and Brighton and Hove (Great Britain).





Tue., 24th November


11:00 – 13:00 CET

Crisis Management and Urban Public Services

16:30 – 18:30 CET

Decision making and communication in crises situations





Wed., 25th November

Economic Response, Housing

10:00 – 12:00 CET parallell
1. Economic development agencies in times of Corona  More
2. Tourism Sector addressing the Pandemic More

14:00 – 16:00 CET
Municipalities and their COVID-19 Response to Local Economic Development More

16:30 – 18:30 CET
Urban Poverty and Living Conditions: COVID-19 Impacts in Densely Populated Backyard Rental Areas More

Wed., 25th November


14:00 – 16:00 CET

Smart schooling – Corona as a chance to bridge the digital divide

16:30 – 18:30 CET

Cooperation between administration and schools in times of Corona






Thu., 26th November


10:00 - 12: 00 CET
Digital literacy and know-how transfer serving as enablers for pandemic-resilient communities

14:00 - 16:00 CET
Dealing with the digital divide in the time of COVID 19-driven digitalization

16:30 – 18:30 CET
The role of digitalized public services as reactions to the COVID 19-pandemic


Thu., 26th November

Crisis Communication

16:30 – 18:30 CET

Corona exists! How can municipalities raise awareness of the crisis?

19:00 – 21 :00 CET

How to reach vulnerable communities with limited access to digital communication means?



Fri., 27th November


10:00 – 12:00 CET

Innovation Ecosystems in times of crisis – because readiness makes the difference







Fri., 27th November

Urban Green Recovery

10:00 – 12:00 CET

COVID-19 – A chance for urban green recovery?



14:00 - 15:00 CET

Closing Session of the Virtual Week and Outlook



Monday, 30th November to Tuesday, 3rd December

Tackling challenges together



Peer-to-peer consultation

Innovative methods

The exact workshop program can be found in the conference booklet (see below).


Conference language and more information


The main communication language of the series is English, translations will be available in certain sessions and will be indicated accordingly.

Detailed information on the individual events will follow here shortly. Stay tuned!

Further information about the conference and the expert network can also be found on the conference page in our Connective Cities Community Platform. Take a look without any obligation! And become part of the network if you are interested.


Conference Booklet


What to expect:




Good Practices


Expert contributions


and more participating municipalities worldwide

Register Now!


Registration for individual or multiple sessions is possible, please indicate your preference in the registration form. Participation is free of charge. Register now!


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