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Concurrent crises as a catalyst of change: How the coronavirus pandemic can help build peace with the Planet – A dialogue with Josep Garí (United Nations) (EN)

24. March | 14:00 - 15:30

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The COVID-19 crisis has revived an international awareness of our global condition and challenges. The 2020 pandemic has been a disruptive event across the planet, agitating economies, opening mindsets to change, and stimulating public governance. It has aggravated old problems – notably social inequalities – and reactivated new agendas – particularly the green and digital transitions. Covid-19 is not just a pandemic with a profound socio-economic impact; it is also a catharsis for societal changes.


Josep Garí, Senior Policy Advisor at UNDP, will discuss why 2020 will be a revolutionary year in this century: three crises concurred (a pandemic, a socio-economic disorder, and accelerating climate change), thus requiring societies to start considering and deploying radical solutions to address them all, and simultaneously. He will show how the Covid-19 recovery will actually be the building of a new world, with three dimensions: a renewed democratic governance (with a new social contract to address inequalities and ensure institutions are inclusive); a green economy (to address climate change and foster peace with the Planet); and a digital transition (with its opportunities to harness, and risks to address). Since Josep is a political ecologist and works at the UNDP Nature, Climate & Energy cluster, he will provide deeper insights on the means and needs to build peace with the Planet, a major undertaking for this century.


This event will not be an ordinary lecture, but an informed dialogue. Josep Garí will present some highlights from current UN analysis and plans, seeking a pragmatic conversation with the audience. Take advantage of this online discussion to directly talk to a UN senior official who is engaged in helping nations, companies and civic organisations to channel the current crises into an opportunity for peace-making with the Planet.


24. March
14:00 - 15:30
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Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
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