Building urban economic resilience
during and after COVID-19


The project will focus on strengthening the capacities of local governments in 16 cities globally to design, implement and monitor sustainable, resilient and inclusive COVID-19 economic and financial responses, recovery and rebuilding plans. The immediate impact of the project will be the provision of good global practices from other cities which will inform the pilot cities in their activities to develop and implement their immediate response and recovery plans to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ultimately, the project will contribute to planning for more resilience in cities and local governments to better withstand shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic and urban systems’ stresses that are likely to reoccur in a predominantly urban world. Implementation will consider linkages with other dimensions of urban resilience that are of specific relevance to the different social, spatial and governance contexts of each region.


Executing agencies

Implementing partners

Technical collaboration partners


For more information on the project, please contact:

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
° Gulnara Roll –
° Enkel Leskaj –

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
° Edlam Abera Yemeru –
° Marios Pournaris –

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
° Sukaina Al Nasrawi –

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
° Curt Garrigan –
° Hirotaka Koike –

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
° Diego Aulestia –
° Fiona Littlejohn-Carrilo –

United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat)
° Esteban Leon –
Amaya Celaya Alvarez –

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
° Dmitry Pozhidaev –