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The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pej?inovi? Buri?, has issued a toolkit for governments across Europe on respecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law during the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 Toolkit (available in several languages)
The Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities programme, which brings together over 130 cities across Europe and beyond (Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Morocco and the United States) as well as eight national networks, has created a COVID-19 Special Page showcasing good and promising practices in community engagement, housing and health care as well as public services and the quality of life in general, with a special focus on human rights, the situation of migrants, non-discrimination, the fight against racism and no hate speech.
Intercultural cities organised a webinar on gentrification and interaction in the public space, with a special focus on the exceptional circumstances Covid-19 has created in the public space and on how to increase interaction in the time of social and physical distancing.
Intercultural Cities published an article on the "connectivity" of cities during the COVID crisis and the challenges and opportunities for the Intercultural Cities network. The programme published a report entitled “COVID-19 : challenges and opportunities for intercultural local authorities” which provides several examples of good practices implemented by local authorities to promote the fundamental principles of Intercultural Cities and to prepare the post-COVID-19 recovery.
Intercultural Cities have shared initiatives from the city of Kirklees (UK) which found the way to continue with their “Diversity = Innovation” Network meetings despite the lockdown.