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COVID-19 and Beyond: Cities on the Front Lines of a Healthier Future

Nowhere has the impact of COVID-19 been more evident than in urban areas, home to more than 50% of the world’s population. 
To mark World Cities Day 2020, the Partnership for Healthy Cities—supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies—hosted a special VitalTalks event on how cities are leading us through the pandemic toward a healthier world.


  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization
  • Michael R. Bloomberg, 108th mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies
  • Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of the World Health Organization’s Social Determinants of Health Department
  • A moderated discussion led by Dr. Kelly Henning, who leads the public health program of Bloomberg Philanthropies, with Mayor Claudia López of Bogotá, Colombia, Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis of Athens, Greece and Deputy Lord Mayor Doreen Nyanjura of the Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda 

COVID-19 has brought urban leadership on health into greater focus: with more than 50% of the world’s population living in cities, urban governments have mounted a remarkable pandemic response—and continue to face daunting challenges. Speakers highlighted urban action and collaboration during this unprecedented pandemic. The Partnership for Healthy Cities also released a portfolio of case studies on the urban response to COVID-19.

To learn more and to access the newly released case studies, please visit: