International Order & Conflict

Report Discussion – Coping with New and Old Crises: Global and Regional Cooperation in an Age of Epidemic Uncertainty

Released on December 2nd, 2020 as a contribution to the UN General Assembly’s Heads of State and Government Special Session in Response to COVID-19 (December 3-4, 2020), the Doha Forum Report 2020 examines the leadership deficit in multilateral cooperation toward both the coronavirus pandemic and other existing and emerging global challenges, includ­ing runaway climate change, rising political violence, menacing cyber-attacks, and growing inequality within and between countries. Successfully meeting these challenges requires not only an effective roadmap for moderniz­ing our global governance system (building on the UN75 Declaration, adopted on September 21, 2020, by world leaders), but one that charts a durable and broad-based recovery from the pandemic and meets the climate crisis head on.

This event was co-hosted with the Doha Forum and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)

Watch the full event.

This highly interactive and intergenerational event unpacked key analysis from the report, including global and regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated financial, economic, and social repercussions worldwide. It discussed how these outcomes intersect with pre-existing and emerging global challenges. Most urgently, it aimed to identify the priority elements and innovation ideas that both ensure a durable, green, and broad-based recovery from COVID-19 but also the revitalization of global institutions.

Featured Speakers

H.E. Lolwah Al-Khater, Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar and Executive-Director of the Doha Forum

Dr. Richard Ponzio, Senior Fellow and Director, Just Security 2020 Program, The Stimson Center

Mr. Saji Prelis, Director, Children & Youth Programmes, Search for Common Ground

Dr. Leslie A. Pal, Founding Dean, College of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (Moderator)

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