COVID-19: Cities in the frontline of response and recoveryPosted on August 19, 2020 (August 19, 2020) by Years20202019201820172016FuturArc Webinar Series SurveySign up for e-newsletterCategoriesMain FeatureCity ProfileShowcaseCommentaryCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020COVID-19: Cities in the frontline of response and recoveryCOVID-19 shutdown measures have had economic impacts far beyond city boundaries as urban economies account for 80 per cent of global GDP. The response should tackle the inequalities and long-term development deficits that have been exposed and made marginalised groups more vulnerable.The UN SG’s Policy Brief on COVID-19 in an Urban World estimates that urban areas are at the epicenter of the pandemic, accounting for an estimated 90 per cent of cases. However, urban density does not correlate with higher virus transmission. Overcrowding and urban areas with poor infrastructure and housing or weak local governance does.“Now is the moment to adapt to the reality of this and future pandemics”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his recorded message launching the new policy brief- COVID-19 in an urban world.“And now is our chance to recover better, by building more resilient, inclusive and sustainable cities.” Secretary-General António GuterresUN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif stated, “The Secretary-General’s Policy Brief is a powerful instrument to put us on the right path to deal with the crisis and also to seize the opportunity to do things differently in the recovery, so that we can create greener, healthier and more resilient cities. The transformative potential of urbanisation towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be lost. This moment cannot be missed.”COVID-19 is an opportunity to rethink urban living to address the climate crisis and adapt to the reality of this and future pandemics.Above article is an excerpt from The United Nations. Click here to view the full article.READ MORE: https://www.futurarc.com/commentary/covid-19-architecture-the-importance-of-designing-for-occupant-wellness/To read the complete article, get your hardcopy at our online shop/newsstands/major bookstores; subscribe to FuturArc or download the FuturArc App to read the issues for free!Previously Published Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature Main Feature, Online Exclusive Feature / The biophilic office: Reconnecting nature to the workforceMain Feature, Online Exclusive FeatureThe biophilic office: Reconnecting nature to the workforce Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020‘Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economyCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020‘Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economy Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Principles for recovery: Sustainable and resilient infrastructureCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Principles for recovery: Sustainable and resilient infrastructure Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Sustainable developmentCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Sustainable development Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Creating robust urban ecosystems in post-COVID-19 IndiaCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Creating robust urban ecosystems in post-COVID-19 India Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Part II: Modular Integrated Construction for sustainable futureCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Part II: Modular Integrated Construction for sustainable future Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020COVID-19 & architecture: the importance of designing for occupant wellnessCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020COVID-19 & architecture: the importance of designing for occupant wellness Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Applying the hard lessons of coronavirus to the biodiversity crisisCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Applying the hard lessons of coronavirus to the biodiversity crisis Contact us at https://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.