Archived Webinar

GPURL #OnlineLearningSeries: From Transition to Recovery - A Strategic Framework for a COVID-19 Recovery Program for Greater London

"COVID-19 has exposed long-standing inequalities in society – disproportionally affecting Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities."

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our lives - devastating lives, and health systems and weakening the global economy. In London, the virus is considered the largest public health crisis in living memory. The context for recovery is extremely challenging as COVID-19 has exposed long-standing inequalities in society – disproportionally affecting Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities. The impact of the crisis on London’s businesses and economy also poses a significant obstacle. This is also, however, an opportunity to reimagine London as a city with a better long-term future – one which is fairer, greener, and more resilient.

The UK Government is working with the Mayor of London and leaders of London Councils to help coordinate the transition away from the lockdown measures imposed in March 2020 and focus on the city’s longer-term recovery from COVID-19. The London Recovery Board was formed in June 2020 bringing together leaders of business and community groups and anchor institutions to plan and oversee the capital’s wider long-term economic and social recovery – developing a strategy and call to action to restore confidence in the city, minimize the impact on London’s most vulnerable communities and rebuild the city’s economy and society.

The London Recovery Programme has been formulated to enable key sectors to plot a path to recovery that helps meet the grand challenge set out by the Board. It is based on the work of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London, which identifies 9 mission areas for building back better. These missions are designed to be bold, ambitious yet realistic, time-bound, and specific in order to garner wide support for delivery and collaboration across different sectors.

Watch the session to learn more about this ambitious program for Greater London. At the end of the presentation, discussants exchange views with the audience and with London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy.

About the Presenters

Shirley Rodrigues

Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Greater London Authority

Shirley Rodrigues was appointed as London Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy in October 2016. Previously, she oversaw a global climate change grants portfolio at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) developing their cities and climate strategy and has devised and delivered new environmental policies and programs in London, nationally and internationally. She is now working to deliver the Mayor’s vision of making London greener, cleaner, and healthier through implementing his London Environment Strategy. This includes ambitious programs to reduce air pollution across London including the implementation of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone, tackling the climate and ecological emergency, and helping the capital become a zero-waste city. A key focus is on ensuring London’s economic and social recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 is a green and fair one.

Questions Submitted

jose luis

- Aug 26, 2022
muy bueno

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- Dec 6, 2020
Nice course


- Dec 2, 2020
Nice content!

Mohammad Nadir

- Dec 1, 2020


- Nov 28, 2020
Right step in the right direction
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