UN DESA Webinar Series

Upcoming Webinars

Strengthening the Role of Public Institutions in Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development

Friday 16 October 2020, from 9:00am to 11:00 am (EDT)

Accelerating Digital Transformation for Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19

13 October from 7:00am to 10:20am EDT

Past Webinars

Navigating Uncertainties: An Intergenerational Dialogue on COVID-19 and Youth Employment

Thursday, 29 September 2020

Forests: at the heart of a green recovery from COVID-19

Monday, 28 September 2020 (9:00am to 11:30am EST)

Concept Note and Programme


The opening segment will feature remarks by USG Liu Zhenmin, UNDESA, H.E. Munir Akram, President of the ECOSOC, H.E. Kitty Sweeb,Chair of the UN Forum on Forests, Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP, Hiroto Mitsugi, ADG of FAO and Chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), and Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, and will be moderated by Alexander Trepelkov, OIC of UNFFS. The webinar will also include two expert panel discussions on the impacts of COVID-19 on forests, and on the essential role of forests for a green recovery from the pandemic.

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Leveraging Digital Government & Spearheading Innovative Digital Solutions to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic in Caribbean SIDS

23 September 2020 1:00 – 3:30 pm (EDT)

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The 2020 SDG Business Forum

23 September 2020, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

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Basic Income in a Time of Pandemics: Battling Eight Giants

10 September 2020 | 10:00am – 11:00am (EDT)

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ALFM Action Line C1, C7: E-Government and C11: Digital government during the times of pandemic and beyond

14:00–15:00 CEST (UTC+02:00), Monday, 24 August 2020

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Webinar on Local E-Government Development

16 July 2020, 10 – 11AM EDT

Webinar on COVID-19 and E-Government

15 July 2020, 10 – 11AM EDT

Webinar on Global and Regional E-Government Development

14 July 2020, 10 – 11AM EDT

Leveraging ICTs and Digital Government for Innovative Solutions to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic – Responses in Africa

1 July 2020

Climate & SDG Synergies webinar series: Going forward with Climate & SDG Synergies

25 June, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

Leveraging Public Governance & Spearheading Innovative Solutions to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Arab Region: Structural challenges, gaps, weaknesses and resilience

24 June, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT

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Income Insecurity, Poverty Dynamics and COVID-19

16 June 2020


Marta Roig


Wenyan Yang (Welcome Message) and our Expert Dr. Anirudh Krishna

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Climate & SDG Synergies webinar series: Synergies for Just Transitions & Economic Recovery

11 June, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs and recovery from Covid-19

10 June, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

SDG Monitoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

10 June, 2020


Vibeke Oestreich Nielsen, Richard Tonkin, Heather Page, Elena De Jesus

Keeping the Momentum for Ocean Action: Asia-Pacific Stakeholder Participation and Engagement

3 June, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ICT (Bangkok Time)
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Use versus protection: Data in the balance during COVID-19

29 May, 2020


Sarah Lucas, Program Officer, Global Development and Population, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Francis C. (Sam) Notzon, Director, International Statistics Program, U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Murangwa Yusuf, Director General, National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR)
Alex Pompe, Research Manager, Data for Good, Facebook
Jeni Tennison, Vice President and Chief Strategy Adviser, Open Data Institute

Video recording of event

Climate & SDG Synergies webinar series: Thinking ahead for a sustainable, just & resilient recovery

28 May, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
Event Flyer
Concept Note

Keeping the Momentum for Ocean Action: Private Sector Participation and Engagement

21 May, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT

Concept Note
PowerPoint Presentation
Video recording of event

Household Surveys and COVID-19

19 May, 2020


Vibeke Oestreich Nielsen
Richard Tonkin
Dr. Ola Awad (PCBS)
Haoyi Chen

Video recording of event

Keeping the Momentum for Ocean Action: Youth Participation and Engagement

14 May, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

Concept Note
PowerPoint Presentation
Video recording of event

Integrating the 2030 Agenda into national plans and strategies: Considering COVID-19 response and recovery

Part 1, May 12, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Topic 1: National planning – responding to changing circumstances
Topic 2: Integration at the country level: good practices and lessons learned, including COVID-19 response measures
Part 2, May 14, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Topic 3: Exploring interlinkages – informing plans and strategies
Topic 4: Institutions for integration and planning – key lessons learned


Mr. Alexander Trepelkov, Officer-in-Charge, Division for Sustainable Development Goals,DESA
Mr. Amson Sibanda, Chief, National Strategies and Capacity Building Branch, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, DESA

Leveraging Public Governance & Spearheading Innovative Solutions to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic – Responses in Africa

Tuesday 12 May 2020


H.E. Prof. Margaret Kobia, PhD, MGH, Kenya Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration
H.E. Ms. Paola Pisano, Minister for Technological Innovation and Digitization, Italy
H.E. Dr. Mathume Joseph Phaahla (Represented by Dr. Yogan Pillay, National Department of Health, South Africa)
Mr. Lan Xue, Professor, Tsinghua University Member of the Committee on Emergency Management of the State Council of China
Dr. Yong-kyun Kim, Director-General, National Disaster and Safety Control Center, Republic of Korea
Ms. Jennifer Semakula Musisi, City Leader in Residence, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
Mr. Sunil Geness, Director, Government Relations & CSR, Global Government Affairs, SAP Africa
Ms. Yetnebersh Nigussie, Senior Manager, Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network, International Disability Alliance, Ethiopia
Video recording of event

COVID-19: Strengthening Science and Technology and Addressing Inequalities

Wednesday 6 May 2020


Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs Maria-Francesca Spatolisano and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond


Strengthening Science and Technology and Addressing Inequalities in the COVID-19 era

Video recording of event

Effects of the pandemic on Public Administration in Ibero and Latin America

Wednesday 29 April 2020


Mr. Francisco Javier Velazques López, Secretary General of CLAD


Mr. Fernando Grillo, Minister of Public Administration of Colombia and President of CLAD.
Mr. Ramos Ventura Camejo, Minister of Public Administration of the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Jonas Rabinovitch, Senior Advisor on Innovation and Public Service Delivery, UN DESA.

Data in the fight against COVID-19 – What do we learn?

29 April, 2020


Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice President of CGD, CEO of CGD Europe, and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


Christopher J.L. Murray, Professor and Chair of Health Metrics Sciences at the University of Washington
Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Analytics and Delivery for Impact, World Health Organization
Frankie Kay, Interim Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Data Capability, Office for National Statistics, UK
Wilma Ascano-Guillen, Assistant National Statistician, Sectoral Statistics Office, Philippine Statistics Authority

Video recording of event

Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity – A Virtual Dialogue on SDG 17 and Public-Private Partnerships, COVID-19 Response and Recovery in the Framework of the 2030 Agenda

29 April, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT

Programme – Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity
Flyer – Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity
Presentation on Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity

The main findings of three new briefing papers on the social, economic and financial impacts of COVID-19, as well as public policy recommendations.

Thursday 9 April 2020


Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist Elliott Harris


Economic and Social Impacts of COVID-19

Video recording of event

Data stewardship – A solution for official statistics’ predicament?

31 March, 2020


Jenna Slotin, Senior Director of Policy, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data


Kaie Koskaru-Nelk, Deputy Director General, Statistic Estonia
Juan Daniel Oviedo, Chief Statistician of Colombia, DANE

Video recording of event

Information briefing: United Nations World Data Forum and the Road to Bern

4 March, 2020


Ian Mark Rutherford, Statistician, Development Data and Outreach Branch, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)


Christine Schneeberger, Minister, Permanent Mission of Switzerland
Stefan Schweinfest, Director, UNSD
Georges-Simon Ulrich, Director General, Swiss Federal Statistical Office
Claire Melamed, CEO, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Faryal Ahmed, Associate Expert, Development Data and Outreach Branch, UNSD
Francesca Grum, Chief, Social and Gender Statistics Section, UNSD
Papa Seck, Chief Statistician, UN Women

Household surveys in a changing data landscape

20 February, 2020


Mark Hereward, Associate Director for Data and Analytics, Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring, UNICEF


Denise Silva, Principal Researcher, National School of Statistical Sciences (ENCE) from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)
Larry MacNabb, Director Centre for Social Data Integration and Development, Statistics Canada
Suha Waleed Kana’an, Director of Labour Statistics Department, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics

2020 Round of population and housing census: The use of new technologies to improve accuracy, coverage and timeliness

23 January, 2020


Rachel Snow, Branch Chief of Population and Development, UNFPA


Linda Peters, Global Business Development Manager, Esri
Amjad Harb, Director General of the Information Systems and Computer Directorate, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS)
Isaac Chirwa, Assistant Commissioner of Statistics, National Statistical Office of Malawi

Video recording of event

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