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25.06.2020 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Maria Francesca Merloni takes part in online discussion “Urban Solutions: Learning from Cities’ Responses to COVID-19”

The 25 June 2020, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities Maria Francesca Merloni took part in the UNESCO Cities’ Platform online discussion

Cities have been at the forefront of worldwide response to contain COVID-19 pandemic. In this framework, the UNESCO Cities’ Platform held an online discussion “Urban Solutions: Learning from Cities’ Responses to COVID-19.”

The online discussion focused on how cities around the world have been impacted by health crisis. It brought together a diverse set of actors in the urban field to support mitigating the impact of the pandemic and work towards building sustainable and resilient cities of tomorrow.

In his opening remarks, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO Xing Qu said: “Epidemics and crises have always left their mark on architecture and urban organization, and the crisis we are currently experiencing will be no exception to that rule. But today we have an opportunity to leverage this crisis, to think about what we want for the future. Today we have an opportunity to design a better city for a better life.”

The poet and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Maria Francesca Merloni testified of the experience of Italy which faced serious challenges in front of the pandemic. She emphasized on the model role of little towns during this pandemic. “I think the model of little towns which are very connected to each other, because this allows a population to feel protected. We are experiencing a new fragility and a very deep need of people to be protected in social and in personal lives. So I think this is the lesson we are learning in this moment.”




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