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The C40 Cities initiative was unveiled during a virtual meeting of mayors and city leaders from 25 countries who will come together to share knowledge and expertise.
Mayors and city leaders from around the world are collaborating to devise an economic recovery plan in response to Covid-19 pandemic.
C40 Cities announced the launch of the mayoral-led task force to accelerate sustainable economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. C40 mayors and senior city officials are already sharing knowledge and expertise to overcome the immediate health crisis.
The Global Mayors Covid-19 Recovery Task Force will see mayors worldwide come together to discuss how to use huge public investment in the recovery to create a “new normal” for city economies, based on eliminating pollution and poverty, improving public health and increasing resilience to shocks.
The task force will be chaired by Giuseppe Sala, mayor of Milan, capital of the Lombardy region of Italy that has experienced some of the worst impacts of the disease.
“Our immediate priority is to protect the health of our residents and overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. As we navigate the devastating daily effects of this unprecedented crisis, however, we must also look towards how we will keep our people safe in the future,” said Sala, who is also vice-chair of C40.
“How we structure our recovery efforts will define our cities for decades to come. “It is our responsibility as mayors to ensure that we build a solid foundation so that our cities emerge as healthier, equitable and more sustainable places to live.”
The mayoral task force will be made up of representatives of mayors from every region within the C40 network, many of whom have ‘unparalleled’ specialist expertise – including mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki Sawyerr, who was director of planning at the National Ebola Response Centre of Sierra Leone during the 2014-15 Ebola epidemic.
“In stark contrast to inadequate cooperation between national governments, mayors from cities worldwide are uniting to respond to the immediate Covid-19 health emergency, as they have done to address the ongoing climate crisis,” said Mark Watts, executive director, C40.
“The task force will enable mayors to drive forward an economic recovery from Covid-19 that reduces the risk of future global crises by building healthy, equitable and zero-carbon communities.”
Through a series of thought-leadership papers, webinars and briefings from experts worldwide, the Global Mayors Covid-19 Recovery Task Force aims to provide mayors with the best available data, best practices and analysis for how to achieve an economic recovery that gets people quickly back to work, puts resources into the hands of those who need it most, and accelerates action to overcome the climate crisis.
“It is our responsibility as mayors to ensure that we build a solid foundation so that our cities emerge as healthier, equitable and more sustainable places to live.”
Furthermore, the task force will collaborate with what it describes as a powerful global partnership of economists, businesses, cities, labour and youth movements to put the world on track to deliver an “inclusive, unified” Covid-19 recovery plan.
The task force will be made up of mayors, representing the geographic reach and diversity of the C40 network, convening at regular intervals in the coming weeks and months. It will be supported by the C40 Secretariat and report to the C40 steering committee.
The full membership of the task force, including the key advisors who will be supporting the mayors, will be announced shortly.
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