Building Urban Economic Resilience during and after COVID-19 - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Building Urban Economic Resilience during and after COVID-19

The project aims at strengthening the capacities of governments to design, implement and monitor sustainable, resilient and inclusive COVID-19 economic and financial responses, recovery and rebuilding plans. Its immediate impact is to provide good global practices to 16 pilot cities, including Alexandria (Egypt), Beirut (Lebanon) and Kuwait (Kuwait), to develop and implement their immediate response and recovery plans to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will ultimately help them plan for more resilience to better withstand shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic and urban systems’ stresses that are likely to reoccur in a predominantly urban world. 

The implementation of the project considers linkages with other dimensions of urban resilience that are of specific relevance to the different social, spatial and governance contexts of each region.

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Target countries

Albania (Tirana), Cameroon (Yaoundé), Ecuador (Guayaquil), Egypt (Alexandria), Fiji (Suva), Ghana (Accra), India (Pune), Kuwait (Kuwait), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), Lebanon (Beirut), Malaysia (Subang Jaya), Peru (Lima), the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo), Ukraine (Kharkiv), Viet Nam (Hoi An), Zimbabwe (Harare).

Implementing entities and United Nations partners
  • Executing agencies: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) 

  • Implementing partners: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) 

  • Technical collaboration partners: United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) 

Expected benefits for participating cities
  • Regional and global showcasing of the experiences, practices and innovation of the city 

  • Learning and insights from regional and global experiences from other cities and local authorities 

  • Engagement and peer-learning through dialogue with other local authorities in the region and globally 

  • Technical support towards the preparation of an economic and financial recovery and rebuilding strategy/plan for the city 

  • Knowledge and evidence-based information on economic and financial dimensions of COVID-19 in the city as a basis for policy and decision-making. 

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