Dear friends and colleagues,
Thank you for the videos you have been contributing to the Local2030 Spotlight Series global debate. We’re delighted to be able to share your experiences and solutions as the global community comes together to tackle the challenge of COVID-19.
In case you missed last week’s discussion, we’d like to highlight some recent contributions on Urban Basic Services and Housing and Shelter:
Topic 3 – Livelihoods and Local Economies
The third theme of the Local2030 Spotlight Series will be Livelihoods and Local Economies, with a focus on the economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis – during the outbreak as well as in its aftermath.
In addition to being one of the most tragic health emergencies of our times, the COVID-19 pandemic is also an economic crisis. The pandemic has hit livelihoods and economies in an unprecedented way and economic prospects are dramatic. The International Monetary Fund has reassessed the prospect for growth for 2020 and 2021, declaring that the world has entered a recession that is as bad as or worse than the 2009 recession, while the World Bank estimates that about 100 million people will likely fall into poverty, with as many as 49 million falling into extreme poverty.
The drastic measures that governments across the globe had to adopt worsen the already difficult economic situation, especially for local communities. Lockdowns and other restrictions have led to the closure of restaurants, museums, theaters, stores, gyms, and other businesses and gathering places. Livelihoods are faltering, with families completely relying on the direct provision of resources from public institutions with financial capacities that are strained due to the cost of addressing COVID-19 and the decrease in tax revenue.
The UN Secretary-General has called for support to workers and households and a focus on the most affected, notably at the local level: women, older persons, youth, low-wage workers, small and medium enterprises, the informal sector and vulnerable groups.
At the same time, many local governments, businesses, civil society organizations, and international institutions are implementing or supporting innovative ideas and solutions to dampen the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 and to help ensure that this crisis does not undermine the progress achieved so far on the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals.
By sharing these experiences and solutions, we can help each other — we invite you to let us know how you are addressing the economic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak.
How can you participate?
Record your video using your phone or camera and share it directly with us via Twitter or Dropbox:
NB: by uploading your video on Dropbox you are giving us your consent to republish it on our social media channels and use it as part of our advocacy efforts.
Should you want to participate to this week’s debate on Urban Basic Services, please upload your video by Tuesday 26 May 2020.
When recording and uploading the video, please bear in mind the following requirements:
We look forward to receiving your videos and to your contribution to the Local2030 global debate.
The Local2030 Team