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The COVID crisis in cities: a tale of two lockdowns

14 May 2020

Based on the OECD policy note Coronavirus: Cities policy responses, ‘The COVID crisis in cities: a tale of two lockdowns’ explored how Champion Mayors are leading the way in responding to the pandemic, protecting vulnerable groups and looking beyond the crisis to put in place recovery efforts post-COVID-19.

This webinar highlighted cities’ efforts to reduce sources of vulnerability and provide useful lessons to build greater resilience for the future.

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  • How is the COVID-19 crisis disproportionately affecting vulnerable and marginalised groups?
  • What are some promising strategies and initiatives to protect vulnerable groups in the short, medium and long term?
  • How are cities planning recovery and resilience beyond the outbreak to protect the least advantaged and enhance social cohesion?


  • Moderated by Aziza Akhmouch, Head of Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, OECD
  • Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD
  • Zoran Janković, Mayor, City of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Rosannie Filato, Member of the Executive Committee, City of Montreal (Canada)
  • Michiel Grauss, Vice Mayor for Poverty Reduction, City of Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
  • Discussant: Claire Charbit, Head of Unit, Territorial Dialogue and Migration, OECD