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UN75 and the Cities We Want: ensuring a new decade of actions for sustainable cities and communities

Within the framework of the UN75 Friends for Leadership, an international network of next generation leaders and entrepreneurs from more than 60 countries with Roscongress Foundation and TV BRICS co- hosted the Friends for Leadership Online Meetup “UN75 and the Cities We Want: ensuring a new decade of actions for sustainable cities and communities”, with the support of the UN-Habitat and the Office of the Special Adviser on UN75.

The 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII and the establishment of the United Nations has come with great responsibility and new challenges, which made it crucial to analyze and discuss the impacts that the COVID- 19 pandemic is having on cities and communities. Despite the fact that cities provide a larger and more well- developed access to facilities, these urban centers are home to more than half of the world's population. The problems of urbanization cannot be more real, as overpopulated areas are exposed to greater risk of the virus spread. Moreover, this concentration of people also highlights the high level of inequalities that exist in urban centers, and those have a direct impact on the low-income neighborhoods.

Considering these facts, it is vital not only to have stakeholders from all levels working together in fighting the outbreak of the virus in their cities and communities, but also to get back on track with their previous and future efforts to make our cities and communities sustainable and comfortable to live for all its inhabitants in any circumstances.

All over the world, local governments and changemakers are working on the implementation of measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. During the FFL Online Meetup “UN75 and the Cities We Want”, the Under- Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Maimunah Mohd Sharif drew everyone’s attention to the four interconnected and mutually reinforcing goals of the Strategic Plan 2020-2023 by the UN-Habitat, such should be included and integrated in the projects-solutions for cities and communities.