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Webinar: Build Back Better: Cities at the Frontlines of COVID-19 Impact and Recovery

Cities are at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic and will likely see lasting changes from it, from their physical form to economic and community structure. Experts from WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and key organizations discuss challenges ahead and the way forward.

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About the Webinar

Cities are struggling to provide adequate access to water and sanitation for handwashing needs, healthcare services are overwhelmed and public transit systems are drastically reduced. Low-income populations living in informal settlements, informal workers and migrants are facing the brunt of the pandemic due to poor access to basic services, lost livelihoods and food shortages. Cities are at the forefront of this pandemic and will face lasting changes as a result.

As governments reassess priorities and consider stimulus packages, resilient, inclusive, green cities are more important than ever. Building back better requires a different approach to how investments are allocated, prioritized and designed to put cities, settlements and communities at the heart of these processes. In this webinar, experts discuss the challenges cities are facing and how to address them moving forward.


  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat
  • Sheela Patel, Founder and Director, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers; Chair, Slum/Shack Dwellers International
  • Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Sameh Wahba, Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, World Bank
  • Ani Dasgupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Rogier van den Berg, Director, Urban Development, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

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