ICLEI resources on COVID-19

A message to our Members on the COVID-19 pandemic

Dear ICLEI Members,

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds around the world, the critical role of local and regional governments in ensuring the physical, emotional and societal health of their residents has never been clearer. We have heard directly from you, our Members, how dramatically your work around the world has changed over the past few weeks. And we applaud the leaders and staff who are stepping up to support their communities with commitment, creativity and resourcefulness. We know that you are endeavoring to both maintain public health and safety and also bring and hold your communities together in the face of fear and isolation. We commend you.

We also know that there are those in our network who have been personally affected by COVID-19. Our thoughts and hopes for speedy recoveries are with you and your families.

As we face this challenge, global cooperation and connectedness through networks such as ours are more important than ever. Sustainability remains the key to our future, and we invite you to stay engaged in our collective work towards sustainable development through these uncertain times.

At ICLEI offices around the world we are also taking measures that prioritize the safety of our staff, loved ones and communities. At many of our offices, staff are working from home to help slow the spread of the virus while still working to support our network of local and regional governments.

We encourage you to connect with your regional or country ICLEI office for further updates.

We are sending our best wishes to our community around the world, and we hope you stay safe and connected through this challenging time.

In solidarity,


In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to support our Members through these difficult times, ICLEI is compiling useful resources and initiatives from our Members.

Since 11 March, the Secretariat for International Affairs of São Paulo started compiling all actions and good practices undertaken by the city’s administration, to share it with partners and other local governments.
Click here to download this compilation

City Region Food Systems to cope with COVID-19 and other pandemic emergencies

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting daily lives around the world in unprecedented ways and presenting new challenges to social and economic systems, including the globalised, industrialised food system. A variety of responses, both short- and long-term, have been proposed and debated by the food policy and planning community – A blog post by RUAF