UCLG DECALOGUE for the COVID-19 aftermath




 Local and Regional Governments believe this decalogue will transform the world

The COVID-19 pandemic is working as magnifying glass that highlights the aspects in which we were already behind,

at a global scale. In a context of unprecedented and universal challenges we, the local and regional governments around the world, are at the forefront of the efforts to overcome these proving times as allies of other spheres of government, of the scientific community, and as global actors with important transformational and convening power.

We know our cities and territories will never be the same

The Decalogue for the COVID-19 era is our political charter for the aftermath.

It is the document that will guide our international advocacy, and shape our thinking for the future of humanity, focusing on the commitment of local and regional governments to build a world of solidarity.

This document aims to transform how the governance system interacts with communities by protecting those that need it the most,

transforming the multilateral system, and ensuring that the sacrifices that we are undertaking do not become a burden for the communities of the future. We are convinced that the new normality needs to have vulnerable populations in mind, it needs to reassess how we interact with technology and protect our rights, and it needs to tackle inequalities, protecting the common goods and basic needs from speculation through a rights-based approach.

Solidarity has become a beacon of security in this crisis, and it needs to guide transformation in the aftermath.

We will need a renewed multilateral system, with inclusivity to ensure that the wants and needs of citizens are present within all governance mechanisms

Local and regional governments, through a strong local democracy, will be the guardians of this international solidarity.

The Decalogue has been inspired from the lessons learnt from our membership during exchanges held in the first 3 weeks of the outbreak. It is still in consultations within our membership, to ensure that this process also feeds into our inputs on the UN75 Dialogue, and our advocacy for the future.

  • DOWNLOAD YOUR DECALOGUE HERE / Russian version here. 

Our collaboration with UN75 is now more relevant than ever, with the recommendations of the decalogue being an integral part of how local and regional leaders envision the future and thus contribute to the UN75 dialogue. A renewed multilateralism, a world that guarantees public service provision, that fosters proximity models of consumption and production, and an interurban system that builds on the force of cities and regions will be key to develop the next generation of multilateralism that our communities are calling for. Our Decalogue will further serve as reference for the consultations on UN75.





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