Date: 20 April 2020 at 03:30 PM to 5:00 PM Beirut time

Location: Virtual

UNDP and the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center organize a regional launch of human development Report and will hold a discussion to explore the implications of the report for the Arab states region.

The discussion will revolve around the findings of the report in the current Arab context, while covering key themes of social inequalities across and within countries and the impact of climate change, among other dangerous planetary-level changes which present impediments to human development. Panelists will discuss how cooperation in the pursuit of equity, innovation and better stewardship of our planet can advance the transformational changes required for accelerated human development in the age of Anthropocene.

Human development Report 2020 shows how the increasing pressures which humans have put on nature for many decades have brought the human race to an existential moment which calls for great transformation. The report argues that we are in the age of the Anthropocene, or the age of humans, in which the defining challenge of our time is to seize the power and opportunities that we have to work with nature, not against it.

Furthermore, the report lays out the essential choices we must effect the transformations that are needed to “reset” our societies and build forward better from the COVID-19 pandemic. And it shows us how choosing to do things differently – making key changes in how we live, work and cooperate – have the power to put people and planet on a safe, equitable and sustainable pathway out of our existential climate emergency while bringing an end to poverty and inequalities.


Pedro Conceicao: Director, Human Development Report Office
Khalida Bouzar: UN Assistant Secretary-General | Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States – UNDP
Maha Yahya: Director, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East, Lebanon.
Janet Rogan: COP26 Regional Ambassador Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The discussion will be moderated by Celine Moyroud, Resident Representative, UNDP Lebanon.

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