Dear friends and colleagues,
Thank you for all your support and contributions to the Local2030 Spotlight Series.
Last week´s discussion has been inspiring. In case you missed it, you can view some of the messages that were shared by Penny Abeywardena, Commissionaire for International Affairs of New York City (USA) and Georgie Davis, Head Communications & External Affairs at Reall here and here.
For the second edition of the Local2030 Spotlight Series, we would like to invite you to share the experiences, challenges faced and solutions designed with regards to Urban Basic Services provision—including energy, water, sanitation, transportation and waste management—during the outbreak and its aftermath.
How cities and communities are planned and their capacity to deliver quality services influence their resilience and the living standards of their inhabitants. However, the current COVID-19 pandemic and the response and recovery measures are endangering local governments’ capacities to deliver basic services—not least due to the severe impact on their budgets and the necessary restrictions on the movement of people, goods and services.
This is even more true for poor and densely populated urban areas where access to energy, solid waste management, transport and water and sanitation are often already limited. For example, preventive measures such as physical distancing and frequent handwashing are harder for slum dwellers to respect, as they are more likely to lack in-house access to running water.
Meanwhile, a lack of reliable access to electricity constrains the ability of affected households to earn a living—or for students to continue their education. Nevertheless, innovative and inspiring solutions are emerging and being developed—by local governments, utilities and service providers, civil society, businesses, and other local actors. By sharing these experiences and solutions, we can help each other—we invite you to let us know how you are addressing challenges related to urban basic services during the 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 Drobpox 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 Thursday 14 May 2020.
When recording and uploading the video, please bear in mind the following requirements:
Looking forward to receiving your videos and to your contribution to the Local2030 global debate!
The Local2030 Team