The online event "Shifting policies for systemic change - Lessons from the global COVID-19 crisis" will be held on Friday, 18 September 2020 from 9:00-10:00am EDT. This virtual event will launch the new report "Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020" and present its key findings.
The COVID-19 pandemic has a massive impact on the implementation of the SDGs and the fulfilment of human rights. The looming global recession will dramatically increase unemployment, poverty and hunger worldwide. Moreover, the crisis threatens to further deepen discrimination and inequalities.
In the Declaration on the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, to be adopted on 21 September 2020, Heads of State and Government will promise “to mobilize resources, strengthen our efforts and show unprecedented political will and leadership” in response to the current crisis.
The call to “build back better” has become a leitmotif of intergovernmental responses to the crisis. But does “building back” really lead to the urgently needed systemic change? What kind of policies, strategies and structural changes are necessary to ensure the primacy of human rights, gender justice and sustainability goals in all policy areas?
These questions are discussed in this year's report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020. Its fundamental message is that the multiple crises can only be overcome if the massive power asymmetries within and between societies can be reduced.
With this virtual launching event, we will present key findings of the report.
Brief snapshots by
Roberto Bissio, Coordinator of Social Watch
Ziad Abdel Samad, Executive Director of the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND)
Vanita Mukherjee, Member of the Executive Committee of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
Policy conclusions by
Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director of the Center for Economic and Social Rights
Barbara Adams, President of Global Policy Forum
Bodo Ellmers, Director of Sustainable Development Finance, Global Policy Forum Europe
Elisabeth Bollrich, Global Economy Expert at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Please register here:
https://www.fes.de/veranstaltungen/?Veranummer=249815 [scroll down for English version]
Participants will receive the login details for the web conversation one day before the event.
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