Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Over the last few years, city and regional governments have played an increasingly critical role in responding to Complex Global Emergencies (CGE) such as COVID-19, the climate emergency and an increasingly evident social justice crisis. They do so by assisting with defining, deliberating, and ultimately responding to these emergencies. Complex emergencies are understood here as global emergencies that are political in nature and that can erode the cultural, civil, political and economic stability of societies. This event brings together the experiences from cities and regions of how they are governing different complex emergencies. Alongside, critical insights from the Emergency Governance Initiative (EGI) on related frameworks, principles and guidelines will be shared.
This event will draw on crucial learnings from cities and regions that have actively engaged in responses to COVID-19, the climate emergency and social justice crisis. These learnings will cut across multilevel emergency governance, new communication strategies, innovative democratic engagement, and territorial approaches. The proposed event also recognises the direct connection between emergency governance and the need for more urgent and radical action advancing the global agendas.
The event would have 3 main sections:
1. Provide city and regional governments with actionable information, suitable frameworks, knowledge, and resources to navigate the new institutional demands of responding to complex, global emergencies.
2. Learn from cities and regions how they have engaged with different complex emergencies and had to find new institutional approaches to rapid and radical action:
3. Discuss with the audience the importance of innovation for governing complex emergencies with a particular focus on democratic legitimacy of rapid and radical decision-making and governments’ accountability and transparency.
4. Generate input and feedback on the Emergency Governance Initiative preliminary frameworks and approaches which will then inform a special report on Emergency Governance by Cities and Regions (to be published).