Policy Dialogues

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Global Policy Dialogue Series

About the Global Policy Series

 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UN DESA has published a series of policy briefs in addition to its regular work in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To support this work and other initiatives of the Department and the wider UN system, UN DESA launched a Global Policy Dialogue Series in July 2020 aimed at highlighting solutions to the economic and social impacts of the pandemic.

The sessions are dynamic, with UN DESA using its convening power to bring together global thought leaders and its own socioeconomic experts to consider today’s major issues. The conversations, typically 90 minutes long, are led by a journalist moderator to ensure that the discussions are sharp and to the point. UN DESA partners with other UN entities and top socioeconomic forums, and broadcasts everything live on the Department’s Facebook page to expand its reach to audiences that may not typically follow UN proceedings.

The Dialogues aim to help countries recover better from the pandemic and closely align UN DESA’s work with the Decade of Action. The results of these discussions are shared with UN leadership and will inform future work on the economic and social effects of the pandemic.

 

Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin and members of the UN High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs participate in the launch of the Global Policy Dialogue Series in July 2020.

Latest event

Shaping a New Social Contract and New Global Deal: UN DESA Fireside Chats

Session 1: “Ensuring Equality, Inclusive Growth and Access to Opportunities” (Tuesday, 19 January 2021) Watch on Facebook.

Session 2: “Using Data and Statistics to Support the Climate and SDG Agenda” (Thursday, 21 January 2021) Watch on Facebook.

In these sessions, UN DESA's experts on economic, social and environmental issues took questions from the audience in two "fireside chat" events. The discussions offered a rare insider's glimpse into the work at the heart of sustainable development. Both sessions were free and open to the public. 

Previous events

Advancing equitable livelihoods in food systems 

Eradicating hunger and achieving food security remain major challenges to humanity and to sustainability, and are being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To support the UN system’s efforts towards eliminating hunger, UN DESA held a Global Policy Dialogue on food security in the context of demographic change and rural development on 16 December 2020. The event also served as a UN Food Systems Summit Dialogue aligned with Action Track 4, giving participants an opportunity to inform the process of the 2021 Summit. Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page

Gender Equality: a Data and Policy Dialogue 

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the landmark Beijing Declaration to advance women's rights, new data from the United Nations Secretary-General’s report The World’s Women 2020: Trends and Statistics show that hard-earned gains in gender equality are being challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. UN DESA convened policymakers and data experts to discuss how much the world has risen to fulfill the strategic objectives of the Beijing Platform for Action and address policy actions needed to build a New Social Contract and improve equality for all. 

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page 

Technological and Science-based Solutions to the COVID-19 Challenge 

On 29 October 2020, UN DESA held a conversation with global leaders in science and technology that assessed the science-based policies and innovations that have developed during the pandemic, identifying good practices as well as areas where work is still needed. The event featured a broad panel discussion with experts, followed by regional breakout sessions led by UN DESA (English) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (Arabic). 

Watch the event on UN DESA's Facebook page. 

Navigating Uncertainties: An Intergenerational dialogue on COVID-19 and youth employment 

This online forum offered young people an opportunity to discuss the socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic during this period of their lives when many things are in flux. The event sought to answer, “How is the pandemic affecting today’s youth employment?” and “How can young people pursue self-employment and entrepreneurship amid turbulent economies?” 

Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities 

On 22 July 2020, UN DESA and the United Nations High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs (HLAB) launched the Board's new volume, "Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities." This online dialogue aimed to answer questions including, "Are we in a recession?" What should countries do to recover better? Is a green recovery possible? 

“Let’s Talk” series

Let’s Talk Food: a Policy Dialogue Q&A

As a follow-up to the December 2020 Global Policy Dialogue on equitable food livelihoods, UN DESA speaks in-depth with one of the panelists, Hellen Akinyi Onyango, a crop aggregator with the Farm to Market Alliance in Kenya, about how rural women and youth can be empowered and engaged to support the Sustainable Development Goals. Watch on UN DESA’s Facebook page.