Policy Dialogues

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Global Policy Dialogue Series

About the Global Policy Dialogue 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 series is made possible through the United Nations Peace and Development Trust Fund

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

The Future of Work

Session 1 of the Future of the World Global Policy Dialogues

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 8:30-10:00 a.m. EDT

This session, the first in a six-part series from UN DESA and UNDP looking at “The Future of the World,” aims to consider the ramifications of the changing nature of work and lifelong learning, and what we need to do now in order to be better prepared for the future of work.

Speakers also will debate crucial issues such as economic insecurity, the gig economy, informal work, fair wages, the role of artificial intelligence and policies to support workers. Across all issues, special attention will be paid to the needs of vulnerable groups, such as women, youth, older persons, indigenous persons and persons with disabilities.

Previous events

Financing Global Climate Action and Promoting Digital Solutions

This session brought together leading voices in the fields of climate finance and digital governance. Finance experts, policymakers, and climate and sustainable development practitioners discussed the best approaches for ensuring that climate financing measures are included in rebuilding efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that such efforts are inclusive and help the most vulnerable. Additionally, attention was paid to emerging digital solutions, including ideas related to the Internet of Things, for climate adaptation and mitigation, and ways to scale them up.

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Strengthening Sustainable Forest and Ocean Management to Mitigate Climate Change

This session, the third in a four-part series on “Building a Global Coalition for Sustainability after COVID-19,” focused on forests and the ocean and their roles in mitigating climate change. Leading voices in the fields of forest and ocean ecosystem restoration and management discussed practical solutions and ways to reform these systems to improve people's lives and protect these resources.

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Imagining the Carbon-neutral Future: Transformations in Energy and Transport

This session, the second in a four-part series on “Building a Global Coalition for Sustainability after COVID-19,” brought together leading voices in the fields of clean energy and sustainable transport with experts from the UN system to discuss practical solutions and ways to reform these systems minimizing their effect on the environment.

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Building Food and Water Security in an Era of Climate Shocks

This Global Policy Dialogue is the first in a four-part series, "Building a Global Coalition for Sustainability after COVID-19." The session, organized by UN DESA in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), looked at how climate change is affecting people’s access to safe and nutritious food and water.

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Shaping a New Social Contract: Session 2

In this session, UN DESA’s experts on economic, social and environmental issues took questions from the audience on the topic of “Using Data for the Climate and SDGs” and touched on macroeconomic issues.

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Shaping a New Social Contract: Session 1

In this session, UN DESA’s experts on economic, social and environmental issues took questions from the audience on the topic of “Ensuring equality, inclusive growth and access to opportunities.”

Watch the event on UN DESA’s Facebook page.

Advancing equitable livelihoods in food systems 

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. 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 Africa After COVID-19

Hear from the authors of UN DESA’s latest policy brief on ways to rebuild Africa stronger after the pandemic, including how to implement key social protection measures.

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.