Theme: Driving Innovation for Urban Resilience and Recovery from COVID-19
As the socio-economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated existing challenges in many cities, local governments have been called upon to act as first line responders and to lead the process of building back better, on a path towards resilient, inclusive, and green economic recovery for the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Conducted for the sixth consecutive year, Bridge for Cities 2021 provides a forum for Mayors and urban stakeholders to discuss and exchange views on relevant experiences, innovative solutions and to form new partnerships. This year’s event will place particular emphasis on innovations employed by cities along the Belt & Road and beyond to advance recovery and build resilience in the context of COVID-19, including those employed to accelerate climate action at the city-level.
The discussions will build upon the main findings of the 2020 edition – the first conducted during the pandemic – and they will be tailored around three major themes:
- Inclusive Recovery and Technological Innovation
- Green Recovery and Climate Action
- Public-Private-Partnerships for a Resilient Economic Recovery