Cities for Global Health

Collective responses to global health emergencies


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The global crisis generated by the COVID-19 outbreak is pushing cities of all shapes to give immediate answers to an emergency that is seriously threatening not only citizens’ health, but the social cohesion, the economy and the infrastructures of our territories.

While the virus spreads regardless of administrative boundaries, territorial scales or weather conditions, affecting millions of individuals simultaneously in different ways, it drives us to overcome management barriers. In metropolitan spaces, the collaboration of central cities and peripheries can make a huge difference to ensure that quality of life is not further threatened under scenarios of fragility and that no one is left behind.

Collaboration between administrations of different levels is key to deal with this crisis. Seeking to foster collective responses and facilitate the access of decision-makers to first-hand experiences about how urban areas across the globe can deal with situations alike, local and regional governments of all sizes from across the globe are invited to share:

Initiatives (e.g. plans, strategies, policies) designed specifically as a reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak

Initiatives designed to face other health emergencies such as sanitary crisis or epidemics

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43cities with initiatives


Sofia – as the rest of Bulgaria - is in a state of emergency, which has imposed severe restrictions on movement, introduction of distance work…
El alcalde de Lima, Jorge Muñoz, supervisó la implementación del Mercado Mayorista Móvil en el club zonal Sinchi Roca, tercer punto de abastecimiento…
En cumplimiento de las disposiciones establecidas en el marco del estado de emergencia sanitaria decretada por el Ejecutivo para contrarrestar la…
Con el objetivo de brindar facilidades y acercar los alimentos de primera necesidad del Gran Mercado Mayorista de Lima a los mercados minoristas de…
La Municipalidad de Lima, en alianza con la Beneficencia de Lima, inauguró el albergue temporal Casa de Todos en la Plaza de Acho, espacio donde 122…
Municipalidad de Banda del Río Salí - Tucumán
Se ha creado un sitio con información sobre como prevenir el contagio por Coronavirus dentro de la página web de la municipalidad de la Banda del Rio…

Cities for Global Health is an initiative co-led by Metropolis and the Euro-Latin-American Alliance of Cooperation among Cities, AL-LAs, and is part of the Live Learning Experience: beyond the immediate response to the outbreak, developed by UCLG and supported by UN-Habitat and Metropolis


Cities for Global Health aims to quickly share public information to face major health emergencies in urban areas. The published material is being shared without any medical endorsement or warranty of any kind, either express or implied. The responsibility for the interpretation and use of the material lies with the reader and in no event shall Metropolis be liable for complications arising from its use. The information and views uploaded to this website are of the sole responsibility of the institutions that signed up for this initiative through the form above, and do not necessarily reflect the institutional opinion of Metropolis. Neither the Metropolis Secretariat General nor any person acting on behalf of the association may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the contents of this work. 

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