A World in Crisis: Evidence-Based Solutions for Intensifying Global Challenges
The world is reeling from the effects of climate change, conflict, a global pandemic, disrupted migration and increased displacement, food insecurity, increasing human rights violations and inequalities. Policy and programmatic efforts to address these challenges are hindered by sophisticated mis- and dis-information campaigns. Once interested stakeholders start peddling falsities, the UN organizations, Member States and stakeholders that deal with these issues struggle to contain their spread and ensure that facts prevail. It is therefore an important moment to discuss at the highest level the role that scientific, objective research plays in informing political and policy discussions, fighting misinformation and what organizations are doing to make sure policy-makers and the public have access to accurate information to make informed decisions and take action on some of the top challenges facing our world today.
IMPORTANT: If you plan to attend this session IN-PERSON, you must register on the United Nations Indico platform by Monday, June 20. When registering, select the Representation Type “ACADEMIA.” You will need to upload a PASSPORT photo for your registration to be accepted. Only 300 in-person seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis given the date and time of your registration above. On Thursday, June 23, you must collect your badge to access the Palais des Nations before 16:30 Geneva time. If you plan to attend this session VIRTUALLY, you should connect via the link to UN Web TV.
17:00 - Welcome Address
- Lise HowardPresident of ACUNSIn-person
17:10 - Opening Message
- Olivier CoutauDelegate to International Geneva, Republic and Canton of GenevaIn-person
17:15 - Keynote Address
- Tatiana ValovayaDirector-General, UN GenevaIn-person
17:30 - High-level Panel Discussion: “A world in crisis: Evidence-based solutions for intensifying global challenges”
- Hoesung LeeChair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeVirtual
- Soumya SwaminathanChief Scientist, World Health Organization (WHO)In-person
- Eva Akerman BorjeInternational Organization for MigrationIn-person
- Imogen FoulkesBBC NewsIn-person
18:45 - Wrap up of formal session and invitation to proceed to reception
19:00 - Reception at Palais des Nations, Serpent Bar