The third webinar explored effective recovery measures for cities, to tackle the pandemic crisis and reconstruct urban economies, through expert perspectives, city initiatives and open discussion. While COVID-19 has upended the lives of EU citizens and businesses dramatically in unprecedented ways, the crisis also creates new opportunities such as innovations that are emerging to save lives and protect livelihoods. Topics on the agenda are localising food and supply chains, local green and digital recovery plans, circular economy, sustainable urban food systems, the use of technologies, digital platforms and data commons, as enablers of de-containment and new growth.
Overview of the Commission response
- Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit for Social Economy, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Role of cities in shaping the post-pandemic world, with a focus on people, localising supply chains, mobility, technologies, digital platforms and data commons
- Damiano Cerrone, consultant on urban transformation from the DemosHelsinki think tank
Latest developments on sustainable urban food systems
- Prof. Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Co-chair on International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.
Use of smart technologies in Singapore to keep its densely populated city liveable, sustainable, healthy and agile to respond to disruptions
- Dr Limin Hee, Director of the Singapore Centre for Liveable Cities
Milan’s recovery plan
- Piero Pelizzaro, Chief Resilience Officer of Milan
The webinar was moderated by Dana Eleftheriadou, Head of Advanced Technologies Team, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.