Webinar Report: Pandemics and Future Cities

Report from a Webinar on - Pandemics and Future Cities

The publication Report from a Webinar on: Pandemics and Future Cities by Habitat Norway is now available.

It is undeniable that we are living through a process of profound epidemiological, social, economic, and political significance. The multiple crises we see emerging take place against a global background of increased isolationism, populist, nationalist and authoritarian style governments across the globe. We face greater fractures in the multilateral system than we have seen since the Cold war.

The UN and the multilateral system are weakening because of constant underfunding, increased tensions, and work challenges. In the processes that is unfolding it will be particularly important to identity the right tools to address the issues raised by the interaction of global pandemics, securitization, climate, conflict, natural disasters, and urban development.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that long-term complex challenges and short term crises demand new responses and ways of working. The Habitat Day talks 2020 in Oslo – titled “Pandemics and Future cities” – were meant to identify what is necessary to make us more ready through new ways of working and living to tackle present and future crises. You will find some of the responses in this report which contains contributions presented at the webinar.

The webinar was organized by Habitat Norway, supported by the UN Human Settlement Program (UN HABITAT), and made technically possible by the Polytechnical Association of Norway. It took place on Monday October 5, 2020 from 3 to 6 pm.

The webinar proceedings are available online on Habitat Norway’s YouTube channel and following link: https://youtu.be/lDHh9qQHaeQ

Report Edited by: Vendula Hurnikova, Habitat Norway, November 2020

Cover photo by: billow926 on Unsplash


The webinar and the report are funded by the Ministry of Local Government and Modernization.