"The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the challenges, contradictions, and vulnerabilities of our communities, challenging urban wellbeing and deepening inequalities. COVID-19 also has significant economic impacts, both for the population and for the economic ecosystem of cities. The pandemic underscores the need to reflect on the way we think about, plan, and inhabit cities.
As cities around the world prepare their COVID-19 recovery plans, we simply cannot keep doing things the way we did before; we need to aim for sustainable and inclusive recovery, with the health and wellbeing of inhabitants at the forefront.
We, Mayors, city officials, leaders from businesses, citizens groups and international institutions, urbanists and experts from academia and others from around the world agree that wellbeing and health should be at the heart of how we plan, design, and assess cities, and believe that this can be better achieved through continuous collaboration across sectors.
We therefore invite cities, organizations, and individuals around the world to endorse this Declaration and to join us to contribute to this important paradigm shift so that together, we can envision and build cities resolutely focused on the wellbeing of their citizens."