Forum of Mayors 2020, Geneva, 6 October 2020 - The title adjusted to: “City Action for A Resilient F

This is the first forum of Mayors in the entire UN system.

The spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) raised significant concerns at the global level in particular vis-à-vis its long-term economic and social impacts on cities. The Forum of Mayors 2020 will be held in Geneva on 6 October, on the first day of the 81st session of the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management.

The title of the Forum, as initially agreed by the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Urban Development, was “Climate Actions in Cities”. The Steering Committee of the Forum at its fourth e-meeting on 8 April agreed to adjust the theme of the Forum to cover city resilience to disasters. The adjusted title of the Forum is now: “City Action for A Resilient Future: Strengthening Local Government Preparedness and Response to Emergencies and the Impacts of Disasters and Climate Change”.

The Note to member States regarding the adjustment of the Forum’s theme which was circulated to UNECE Permanent Missions in Geneva on 9 April 2020 is below.

Note to UNECE member States

This is to inform UNECE member States that the Steering Committee of the 2020 Forum of Mayors at its meeting on 8 April 2020 decided to adjust the theme of the Forum to reflect the challenges faced by cities in addressing emergencies. From an exclusive focus on Climate Action in Cities, the Forum will now also cover issues related to emergency preparedness, recovery and resilience in cities. The new title of the Forum will be: CITY ACTION FOR A RESILIENT FUTURE: Strengthening local government preparedness and response to emergencies and the impact of disasters and climate change. Mayors will be free to choose the focus of their speech, which could still cover efforts and action on climate change, as well as their experience in facing the COVID-19 pandemic or other recent emergencies, and how they are planning to make their cities prepared for future challenges and become more resilient.

The Bureau of the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management, as well as the Committee itself, will be informed of this widening of focus accordingly. Invited mayors will also be informed of the broadened focus, through a follow up invitation letter, to be shared with Permanent Missions in Geneva.

Permanent Missions are invited to further help the Secretariat to reach out to mayors. This will ensure ample participation in this important meeting, held on 6 October 2020 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva



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