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Special Session: Urban Recovery Frameworks

Crises unfolding in cities have to be understood and responded to by addressing the suspension in access to livelihoods, protection mechanisms, services, housing and more, for large population shares at the local levels, and by the critical impact such events have on systems and economic activities at regional and national levels, and on countries’ overall abilities to respond and bounce back from crises.

Nigel Fisher


date June 27, 2022 | 17:00 - 19:00
Special Session Room 1
Polish, Spanish, English, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Turkish + ISL [Polish + English]


In an urbanizing world, the impact of climate change, natural disasters, pandemics, conflict and war is increasingly urban. Urban crises result in the destruction of neighbourhoods, infrastructure and urban economies, which goes hand in hand with massive displacement of populations both within cities, across territories and national boundaries.

Urban recovery requires not just a focus on places suffering physical damage but also on places hosting the displaced. Work at different levels is needed from the neighbourhood, to city-level and sub-regions. The session will draw on practices from a wide range of countries and reflect on what will be key elements to urban recovery in Ukraine, in complement to national level reconstruction plans.

Sub Title

Making the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus Work

Guiding Questions for discussions

  • Why is a focus on the urban dimensions of crises so important? What had we learnt from Haiti and other crises?
  • What are key components in a framework for urban recovery and how does this relate to nationally led recovery and reconstruction plans.
  • What kind of analysis is needed to shape urban recovery?
  • What financing instruments do we need to support interventions at the city level?
  • What does a people-centered approach entail?
  • How can local governments be empowered and supported to drive urban recovery?
  • What is the role of culture and identities in urban crisis response and recovery?
  • How can urban recovery frameworks help to align humanitarian, development and peace focused outcomes?
  • What does this mean in the context of urban crisis response and recovery in Ukraine?

Concept Note:

Ryan Knox

UN-Habitat Syria | Head of Programme

Martha Gutierrez

GIZ´s Department Global and Sector Programs (GloBe) | Director of the Division Crisis and Conflict Management, Migration, Construction 

Sameh Wahba 

World Bank | Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice

Ugochi Daniels

IOM | Deputy Director General for Operations

Salma Al Darmaki

UAE National Commission for Education, Culture and Science | Secretary General 

Fatma Şahin

Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality | Mayor

Hon. Manuel de Araújo

Mayor of Quelimane, Mozambique

Lars Gronvald

Urban Development, Directorate General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) | Head of Section

Filiep Decorte

UN-Habitat | Emergency Response Director

Nigel Fisher

UN-Habitat | Consultant

Hon. Oleksiy Chernyshov

Minister of Communities and Territories, Ukraine

Yevhen Plashchenko

Directorate of Spatial Planning and Architecture of the Ministry for Development of Communities and Territories | General Director

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