RightOn – From crisis to opportunity: How to build back better?
In partnership with the Permanent Missions of Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, UNFPA, the Geneva Academy, the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, World Jewish Conference, the Geneva Rights Platform, and the Geneva Internet Platform, the URG has launched a new digital initiative to keep the conversation on key human rights issues going during these times of lockdowns and self-isolation.
The RightOn initiative provides a platform for debate and exchange of ideas on topical human rights issues through regular webinars, which takes place every Wednesday at 3 PM CEST. The sixth of these Wednesday Web Chats took place on 13th May 2020 and focused on the issue of ‘From crisis to opportunity: How to build back better?’
As the international community begins planning for a post-pandemic recovery, more and more emphasis is placed on the urgent need to ‘build back better’ and draw lessons from the COVID-19 crisis to help build a more just, equitable, greener and more peaceful world. This message of hope and opportunity has been echoed by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who urged the member states to ‘turn the recovery into a real opportunity to do things right for the future.’
But what does this mean in practice? Can we take advantage of this window of opportunity to change the old ways? What is the interplay between social, economic, environmental and other reforms that need to be considered by state recovery strategies from the outset?
A summary of the event can be found here:
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