Owing to escalating climate breakdown, a higher frequency of emerging diseases, and accelerating crises linked to social injustice, cities and regions are facing emergencies on an unprecedented scale. The Emergency Governance Initiative’s newly released Policy Brief #02 attempts to define this new category of ‘complex emergencies,’ which were until recently primarily framed as ‘grand challenges.’ The Brief also outlines a preliminary framework for the governance of complex global emergencies that require an alternative approach to governance compared to more 'routine' emergencies.
This framework is tailored to the specific needs of city and regional governments and is intended to generate discussion, critical review, and feedback over the next 12 months up to November 2021. A final version of this Emergency Governance Framework will be published as part of the Emergency Governance Initiative Special Report in 2022.
We are actively seeking feedback on this preliminary framework during this period.You can visit the dedicated feedback form to leave your comments here.
This Policy Brief is part of the Emergency Governance Initiative (EGI) led by LSE Cities, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis). This Initiative investigates the institutional dimensions of rapid and radical action in response to global emergencies to provide city and regional governments with frameworks, knowledge, and resources to navigate the new demands of leading emergency responses. This Policy Brief is the second in a series of quarterly publications that are complemented by the data-driven and more frequently published Analytics Notes.