The pandemic has put a magnifying glass on the shortcomings we were already aware of. UCLG is looking ahead by developing a decalogue to transform the world in the aftermath.
The IOPD, UCLG's consultation mechanism on Participatory Democracy, is pleased to share with its members the Decalogue for the COVID-19 aftermath. The Decalogue for the post-COVID-19 era is the political charter of UCLG in these times of crisis, building on the Durban Declaration and focusing on the commitment of local and regional governments to build a world of solidarity. The ten actions highlighted in the Decalogue aim to transform how the governance system interacts with communities by protecting those that need it the most, transforming the multilateral system, and ensuring that the sacrifices that we are undertaking do not become a burden for the communities of the future.
The Decalogue highlights how the solidarity promoted by local and regional governments has become a beacon of security, and it should guide the transformations we need. Local and regional governments have demonstrated their capacity to act as promoters and guardians of this solidarity both nationally and internationally. It recalls the relevance of the 2030 Agenda principles and the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular in these trying times, as a framework for the transformational measures that need to be implemented.
Reaffirming civil liberties and local democracy must be a priority. The pandemic must in no way be an alibi to undermine human and political rights of citizens, nor an excuse to centralize political power.