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Post Covid-19 Cities Report UN-Habitat 30 March 2021

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STORY: Post Covid-19 Cities Report UN-Habitat 

TRT: 02 min 52s 

SOURCE: UNTV CH 

RESTRICTIONS: EMBARGOED UNTIL 30 MARCH 06:01 CET

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS 

ASPECT RATIO: 16:9 

DATELINE: 30 MARCH 2021 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST 

  

  1. Exterior wide shot, Palais des Nations entrance and Place des Nations, a sunny day. 
  2. SOUNDBITE (English) — Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director: “We have seen all how our cities and towns have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. Our data on the initial spread shows that 95 per cent of the COVID-19 cases were in cities and towns. And throughout this pandemic, it has been up to local governments and communities to move quickly and decisively to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure an effective response.” 
  3. Exterior wide shot, The Knotted Gun sculpture in foreground and the Broken Chair to rear, Place des Nations. 
  4. SOUNDBITE (English) — Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director: “This is why this report calls loud and clear for the need of a new social contract that can be initiated in cities. A social contract that explores the role of the State and cities to finance universal basic income, a universal health insurance, a universal housing. A social contract that should be concluded with all social, political and economy actors. The needs for an inclusive approach that involve local communities is today more needed than ever.” 
  5. Exterior wide shot, Palais des Nations building, side shot. 
  6. SOUNDBITE (English) — Eduardo Moreno, Head of Knowledge and Innovation, UN-Habitat: “The report provides some of the, I would say, initial conditions for the virus and the pandemic to spread in some specifier areas. 1.1 billion people live in inadequate housing, 1 million in a slum, 60 per cent of the workforce being informal force. And all this has created or exacerbated these conditions in a way that today UN-Habitat, using data from other UN agencies also, estimates that 120 million people in the world will be pushed into poverty and living standards will reduce by 23 per cent. The conclusion is that income matters.” 
  7. Exterior wide shot, Palais des Nations entrance, motorbike passing. 
  8. SOUNDBITE (English) — Claudia Lopez Hernandez, Mayor of Bogota: “Going to a social contract that includes women, that provides them with time, with time to take care of themselves, with time to educate themselves, and with time and education skills to come back to the labour market. To have self-sustainable women is to have self-sustainable societies. And that’s why the centre of our new social contract in Bogota is the system of care for women.” 
  9. Exterior wide shot, Palais des Nations building, UN flag. 
  10. Exteriormedium shot, Palais des Nations entrance, people with bicycles entering. 
  11. Exterior wide shot, Palais des Nations building, UN flag flying. 

 

UN-Habitat report calls for post COVID-19 cities to lead the way to a fairer, greener and healthier future.

 

A new report by UN-Habitat published on Tuesday demonstrated how cities can reduce the impact of future pandemics and become more equitable, healthy and environmentally friendly.

 

The document - “Pandemics and Cities Report UN-Habitat” - describes how urban areas have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

“Ninety-five per cent of all cases” were recorded in cities in the first months of the pandemic, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director, said.

 

“Throughout this pandemic, it has been up to local governments and communities to move quickly and decisively to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure an effective response.” Sharif added.

 

Despite these pressures, many local governments and community leaders responded quickly and effectively to prevent the spread of the pandemic and mitigate its effects.

 

The  UN-Habitat report recommends actions for a sustainable recovery based on evidence from more than 1,700 cities.

 

It found that patterns of inequality, owing to a lack of access to basic services, poverty and overcrowded living conditions, have been key destabilising factors in increasing the scale and impact of COVID-19.

 

Eduardo Moreno, Head of Knowledge and Innovation at UN-Habitat, said that because of the pandemic, an estimated “120 million people in the world will be pushed into poverty and living standards will reduce by 23 per cent”.

 

“The conclusion is that income matters,”  he added.

 

According to the report, urban leaders and planners must rethink how people move through and in cities, using lessons from COVID-19.

 

This includes an increased focus at the local level on planning neighbourhoods and communities that are multi-functional and inclusive.

 

The report explores how well-planned cities combining residential and commercial with public spaces along with affordable housing can improve public health, the local economy and the environment.

 

It calls for cities to be at the forefront of moves towards a social contract between governments, the public, civil society and private sector.

 

This new deal should “explores the role of the state and cities to finance universal basic income, a universal health insurance, a universal housing,” said Sharif.

 

Claudia Lopez Hernandez, Mayor of Bogota, explained how in Bogota their new social contract prioritises women and children.

 

It is a “ social contract that includes women, that provides them with time, with time to take care of themselves, with time to educate themselves, and with time and education skills to come back to the labour market”.

 

“To have self-sustainable women is to have self-sustainable societies,” Hernandez explained.

 

The report outlines how a new normal can emerge in cities “where health, housing and security are prioritised for the most vulnerable not only out of social necessity, but also from a profound commitment to human rights for all”.

 

This requires governments to focus on policies to protect land rights, improve access to water, sanitation, public transport, electricity, health and education facilities and ensure inclusive digital connectivity.

 

The report recommends strengthening access to municipal finance to enable city leaders to build a new urban economy that reduces disaster risk as well as addressing climate change by developing nature-based solutions and investing in sustainable infrastructure to enable low carbon transport.

 

Pandemics and Cities Report UN-Habitat makes it clear that the way cities and towns recover from the pandemic will have a major impact on the global efforts to achieve a sustainable future for all and provides important recommendations on moving towards a more just, greener and healthier future.

 

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