Latin America reunites 22 capital cities, with a total population of 90 million inhabitants, which have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency context has prompted rapid and impactful containment responses to the pandemic implemented by cities throughout the region, where local and municipal governments have been fundamental in the implementation of actions related to health, social and economic reactivation, since these spaces of governance are naturally the closest to the citizens. There is no doubt that all these municipal actions have been based on addressing the inequalities, exclusion, limitations, and losses that have become evident and accentuated as a result of last year’s global crisis.
In view of this, it is essential to know the vision of 6 Mayors of emblematic Ibero-American cities (Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, Madrid, Montevideo and Rio de Janeiro) who, from their local experience, will share their perspective regarding the implementation of the SDGs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, in a frank and horizontal dialogue about the advancements and challenges in the development of Local Voluntary Reviews. For this purpose, we’ll hold a dialogue between peers to reflect about concrete actions from Latin American cities for the identification of inclusive solutions, promoting development processes with a citizen-centered vision and how cities have faced the crisis in public health, economy and society, leaving no one behind.