Cultural mobilization in the COVID-19 pandemic
Barcelona/Nairobi, 22 April 2020 - The latest online session in the Live Learning Series organized by UN-Habitat and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) focused on the cultural response in cities to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The seventh Live Learning Session was organized in collaboration with the UCLG Committee on Culture partners the International Council of Monuments and Sites and the Federation of Library Associations and Institutions..
Mayors, Vice-Mayors and Councillors from a wide range of cities across the world shared their experiences and learning around the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the local cultural life. They included representatives from Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Kitchener, Barcelona, Bogota, Rome and Lalitpur. Many emphasized the fundamental need for culture to be placed at the centre of the post-crisis scenarios
The Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, opened the session highlighting the opportunity to rethink a more sustainable future through the lens of culture and innovative methods such as the Live Learning Sessions: “The pandemic is forcing us to look deep into ourselves. But culture will remain at the top, since it helps cities to be more resilient,” she said.
Read the full press release here.