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How Cities Can Attract Investment for a Green and Just Recovery

Strategic and innovative financing instruments can help cities build urban resilience and promote a just recovery in the wake of COVID-19.

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Finance is available in many countries; the challenge is accessing it. Strong policy signals, enabling policies, effective project preparation and the use of innovative financial instruments can help cities take advantage of the full range of financing opportunities available.

This article looks at urban financing options in the context of COVID-19 and the strategies and challenges involved with pursuing certain financing instruments. The article, produced by C40 Cities, discusses green and climate bonds, social impact and sustainability bonds, community-scale projects, fossil fuel divestment, strategic regulations, and private-public partnerships, among other tools which build urban resilience and promote pandemic recovery.