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  • Public health - 29.07.2020

    The WHO's tips for cities fighting COVID-19
    Cities are central to modern life, hosting a majority of the world's population today as well as crucial economic sectors. As densely populated areas and transport hubs, cities face particular challenges in containing epidemics. They also have assets, often holding considerable medical infrastructure and resources.

    With this in mind, the World Health Organization has issued a short publication providing practical information to city governments fighting against the coronavirus, entitled Strengthening Preparedness for COVID-19 in Cities and Urban Settings Interim Guidance for Local Authorities.

    The WHO provides a checklist of measures for cities to take to be well prepared for COVID and other epidemics. These include identifying potentially vulnerable populations, adopting a holistic and evidence-based approach and organising effective communication channels with residents. The WHO also stresses the importance of “coordination and coherence in measures across all governance levels”.
  • Survey - 04.06.2020

    COVID-19's impact on local and regional governments
    The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the OECD are conducting a joint consultation to gather the views of local and regional government representatives on the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a particular focus on local and regional finances, governance and recovery plans.

    The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is available in all official EU languages. It is open until 30 June 2020. Please click here for more information.
  • ESPON - 03.06.2020

    Call: research on COVID-19's territorial impact
    The European Union’s ESPON programme has issued a call for researchers to work on a short-term study on the territorial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and on regional policies in Europe during the first months of the outbreak.

    For more information, check out ESPON’s website. You have until 7 June 2020 to apply.
  • Waste - 15.05.2020

    Join NALAS for a webinar on waste management
    NALAS is organising an online panel discussion series on solid waste management during the COVID-19's crisis. 

    The first panel discussion is on 20 May 2020, 14:00 via Zoom Platform.
  • COVID-19 - 22.04.2020

    Cities for Global Health
    Metropolis has launched Cities for Global Health, a collaborative online platform that offers access to knowledge, strategies and actionable plans implemented by local and regional governments around the globe. A virtual space to showcase what cities are doing and be inspired by others regarding specific initiatives or plans to the COVID-19 outbreak other health emergencies. 
  • Decentralised cooperation - 06.04.2020

    How can decentralised cooperation contribute to the fight against COVID-19?
    Local and regional governments are at the forefront of the coronavirus crisis. Collaboration and learning from each other are essential in this respect.

    That’s why PLATFORMA wants to ask you about how international cooperation and decentralised cooperation between cities and regions can contribute to the fight against the coronavirus.

    Please read the survey questionnaire and send your answers to
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