UCLG Advocates for Municipalism to Build Back Better

Recognising COVID-19 as an historic opportunity to advocate for stronger investments in municipalism, UCLG has recently issued a short video to demonstrate the progress made since its World Congress in Durban in 2019.


The Covid-19 crisis disproportionally affects some of the already poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. This group is especially exposed to the effects of the pandemic because most of the 1 billion people counted as the urban poor live in informal settlements and are employed informal. Not only is the risk of being infected heightened also economic shortcomings, social problems and the lack of access to health services accelerate the crisis for the urban poor. 

The key to the current crisis and future shocks is to build up urban resilience that enables regions, cities and communities to adapt to changing conditions and withstand shocks. Urban resilience builds upon a people-centered approach, that involves inclusion of communities’ local organizations and their local knowledge, as well as having a sustainable plan for responses that enables local civic engagement. 

This video by UCLG underscores that the municipal movement is ready to step up stronger than ever in these unforeseen times and reaffirms UCLG’s loyalty to the principles of decentralisation and municipalism in order to connect local actions to global trends while leaving no one behind.

Find the inspirational video here.