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Economic and financial recovery in cities and urban resilience building in the time of COVID-19

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​The COVID-19 pandemic is having unprecedented imp​​acts on the social and economic aspect of many cities. ICT solutions and digital technologies can significantly expand a city’s capacity to responses to crisis situations such as the COVID-19 scenario, from monitoring the progress and slowdown the spread of the virus to delivering early warning signals that would save countless lives. The COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge that demands a global response. It is imper​ative that smart ​sustainable cities are coordinating with the global community to develop a comprehensive and multilateral response to the crisis, one that would safeguard the well-being of all citizens, particularly of the most vulnerable populations.
 
The "United for Smart Sustainable Cities" (U4SSC) is a UN initiative coordinated by ITU, UNECE and UN-Habitat, and supported by other 14 UN bodies to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 11: "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".​ The thematic group on "Economic and financial recovery in cities and urban resilience building in the time of COVID-19​" has been recently established to address the urban dimension of cities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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