Lessons to be learned from the Coronavirus
Address: Online, Rue d'Edimbourg 26, Brussels 1050, Belgium

15 June 2020
Brussels, Belgium

Eurodad warmly invites its members, CSO allies from the Global South and North, and experts to participate in a webinar to kick off its biannual Policy Forum. This year, the usual face-to-face forum will be replaced by a virtual ‘unpacked’ event, through a series of webinars and workshops.

This public* webinar will focus on the lessons to be learned from the Coronavirus and why responses have been uneven and the global response so weak. We will also be asking how we can build a more resilient and sustainable future.

Keynote speakers

  • Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Magdalena Sepulveda, Executive Director, Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) and former UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
  • Moderator: Hannah Brejnholt, Senior Financing for Development Advisor at Oxfam IBIS

To register, please fill this form. A link to join the webinar will be sent to you on the morning of the event.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been testing the limits of global cooperation. In the case of countries with the fiscal space and resources, some responded swiftly and others lost time, juggling with competing priorities instead of putting people’s health first. On the other hand, there are many countries in the global south who simply lack the capacity to respond in a timely way. Their future hangs in the balance, as financial institutions, donors and creditors discuss what to do.

We will need to draw lessons from this crisis to build a new system. The global economy risks sinking into a recession. To relaunch the economy, finance ministries, IFIs and MDBs might well go back to their "business as usual" agenda, and seek to attract very expensive private money to relaunch an old dysfunctional global system.

Long before the Covid-19 pandemic, there were rising voices, especially from young people, to rethink a sustainable global system that preserves people and the planet. Now is the time to rethink our common future, to build a global green deal, and a system based on solidarity and sustainability to replace the one based on inequality and domination.


  • This webinar will consist of one interviewer and two speakers. The format will be interactive and will include a Q&A with participants.
  • Find more information on all of the workshops and webinars taking place for CSOs throughout the rest of the Policy Forum week (15-19 June).

The event is funded by the European Union, Brot für die Welt and Norad. The content of the event is the sole responsibility of Eurodad and its participants and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the funders.


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