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The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed unimaginable havoc across the world. What most likely started as a zoonotic infection – a disease transmitted from a wild animal to humans – has triggered a chain reaction that has shuttered economies, frozen world travel, intensified poverty and deepened discord. The pandemic has laid bare the failings and inadequacies of current policies, and highlighted the close links between people, the planet and prosperity. This crisis demonstrates the dependence of humanity on the planet, for health, food and unfettered supply chains. How the world responds to this tragedy will either amplify global threats or mitigate them, so countries need to choose wisely. This Series offers insights into innovative and state-of-the-art solutions that can guide countries to build more inclusive and sustainable economies that are resilient in the face of pandemics, climate change and other threats. 

Building a Balanced Future





Yes, cities will survive COVID-19. But they must manage their economic geography

The coronavirus pandemic has cast a light on social and spatial disparities within cities like never before. A major concern is a city’s economic geography: the interplay between its economic and physical setting.


The Effects of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Global Air Pollution

Public Health On Call Podcast from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with Urvashi Narain, lead economist in the World Bank’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy global practice.


The Urbanist: Post-pandemic Recovery

The Urbanist Podcast from Monocle, with Somik Lall, World Bank’s global lead for territorial and spatial development and lead urban economist in the Global Practice for Urban, Disaster Risk, Resilience, and Land.

Bangweulu Scaling Solar Plant in Zambia

Kickstarting the Sustainable Recovery Series

Organized by the Climate Change Group in partnership with Innovate4Climate, “Kickstarting the Sustainable Recovery” brings you a series of virtual discussions, stories and new research focused on how sustainable finance can be part of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) recovery and help countries build back better and stronger.