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.
UN DESA Global Policy Dialogues on Recommitting to the SDGs
Promoting Gender Equality Through Education: Exploring SDGs 4 and 5
Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 8:30-10:00 a.m. EDT
Protecting Biodiversity in Times of Crisis: Exploring SDGs 14 and 15
Thursday, 23 June 2022, 8:30-10:00 a.m. EDT
Ahead of the United Nations' annual review of SDG progress -- the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) -- happening in July 2022, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) will host special dialogues related to the five Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth: Goal 4 on quality education, Goal 5 on gender equality, Goal 14 on the ocean, Goal 15 on forests and Goal 17 on partnerships.
These discussions, will discuss ways to strengthen the interlinkages between the SDGs and present the information in an interactive format for a wide audience. Both events, “Promoting Gender Equality Through Education: Exploring SDGs 4 and 5” and “Protecting Biodiversity in Times of Crisis: Exploring SDGs 14 and 15,” will feature several of the leading academics who participated in UN DESA’s Expert Group Meetings for each Goal. Each discussion will include ways to build and scale partnerships to reach our targets.
This event is made possible through the UN Peace and Development Trust. It will include captioning in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, and translation in American Sign Language. You are welcome to join both or either session.
The Future of Sustainable Development Financing
UN DESA hosted a discussion on how to overcome the great finance divide that currently exacerbates the divergence in development prospects and threatens to undermine achievement of the SDGs. Experts from around the world will explore how to create reliable access to affordable financing as well as how to improve the international system for resolving situations of unsustainable sovereign debt The event will help promote the new 2022 Financing for Sustainable Development Report prepared by the Financing for Sustainable Development Office of UN DESA.
The Future of Population Growth
In this event, experts from around the world joined UN DESA to examine the links between global population and the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The event also launched a new report, "Global Population Growth and Sustainable Development, prepared by the Population Division of UN DESA.
The Future of Money
UN DESA hosted a discussion in January 2022 on monetary policy, including on how Central Banks will approach recovery from the pandemic and how innovations in digital currencies can help more people achieve financial security. Speakers also considered how countries, local governments, civil society and other stakeholders are approaching sustainable investing and SDG financing in the new year and looked ahead to the next Financing for Sustainable Development Report. Speakers drew from UN DESA’s flagship World Economic Situation and Prospects 2022 report, as well.
The Future of Trust in Government
As the world continues to deal with the dual challenges of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, this session considered how governments can develop better relationships with people, build the trust necessary to tackle present challenges and act now to reduce future disaster risks. Speakers drew from UN DESA’s work towards strengthening public institutions, as well as the wider work of the UN towards rebuilding better and combatting misinformation.
The Future of Our Planet
This session, the third in a six-part series from UN DESA looking at “The Future of the World,” highlighted how environmental preparedness, including mitigation and adaptation measures, can enable us to reach a carbon-neutral world by 2050 and reduce future disaster risks. Speakers also considered how climate action now also will help us reach the Sustainable Development Goals and the goals of the Paris Agreement. The occurred soon after the close of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK, and speakers drew from the outcome of that event. This dialogue was co-organized by UNDP.
The Future of Community
This session, the second in a six-part series from UN DESA looking at “The Future of the World,” aimed to consider the rural-urban nexus and how we build communities prepared for the economic, social and environmental challenges that lie ahead. This event, co-organized by UNDP, included a live Q&A panel of experts to take on your questions about building resilient rural and urban communities. We also shared highlights from a related session at the Boao Forum for Asia in October 2021.
The Future of Work
As the world continues to deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts considered 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. In this event organized by UN DESA and UNDP as part of the new Future of the World Series, speakers debated crucial issues such as economic insecurity, the gig economy, informal work, fair wages, the role of artificial intelligence and policies to support workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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).
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?
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“Let’s Talk” series
Let’s Talk Climate Science: COP26 Fireside Chat with GSDR Scientists
We speak with three scientists working on the upcoming Global Sustainable Development Report 2023 at COP26 about the need for climate science to be elevated as a part of sound policy-making.
Let’s Talk Wildfires
Recent wildfires around the world are having devastating impacts on ecosystems and people from the Amazon to Siberia to the USA. What are the implications of these fires and how can the global community come together to prevent future ones? We ask the authors of UN DESA’s policy brief on wildfires to explain the issues for us.
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.