Policy advocacy for building urban economic resilience during and after COVID-19 in the Arab region - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

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Policy advocacy for building urban economic resilience during and after COVID-19 in the Arab region

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL2.GPID/2022/TP.1


Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Information material

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: Inclusive development, Governance & enabling environment

Initiatives: Governance and institution building, Sustainable urban development

SDGs: Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Keywords: Urban economics, Covid-19, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Urban development, Sustainable development

Policy advocacy for building urban economic resilience during and after COVID-19 in the Arab region

September 2022

This regional technical paper is the main output of the United Nations Development project on “Building urban economic resilience during and after COVID-19” implemented in 16 cities around the world, including 3 cities in the Arab region, namely Alexandria (Egypt), Beirut (Lebanon) and Kuwait City (Kuwait). The project falls under the framework of the work of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on sustainable urban development, particularly in smart, safe, and resilient cities in the Arab region.

This paper overviews the global project on “Building urban economic resilience during and after COVID-19” and provides policy recommendations on building urban resilience during and after COVID-19 in the Arab region. It addresses economic and financial resilience in the Arab region in the context of labour market conditions, economic governance, the business environment, financial arrangements, and infrastructure, and sheds light on related trends. The paper also explores pathways to urban economic and financial resilience, with a focus on related challenges in the Arab region, and provides policy recommendations to address relevant gaps. Lastly, it explores planning for resilience in the region, with a focus on potential actions to be taken.

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