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Open Dialogue Series

To complement the many formal and established consultations and sessions with its Member States and partners, UNDP introduces the “Open Dialogue Series” to engage a broader audience in its daily work.  UNDP boasts a range of themes and mandates, including poverty, governance, resilience, environment, energy and gender equality, and tackling contemporary issues from inequality to migration as well as emerging international emergencies such as COVID-19.

The United Nations and UNDP serve the world’s citizens in multitude manners, yet, despite being the world’s 3rd most transparent development organization, its reach to the broader public often remains limited.  The “Open Dialogue Series” seeks to bring the action closer to the public by presenting to you our experts, senior practitioners and thought-leaders over the course of just one hour along with questions and answers.

Please register and participate in the upcoming Open Dialogues below and please do review the ones already concluded here, listed chronologically. 

UNDP looks forward to meeting you at the next session! 

Upcoming Dialogues:  

Gender Equality

The Human Development Report



Social Protection: Uprooting Inequalities

UNDP’s COVID-19 offer focuses on social protection: protecting people from multiple vulnerabilities, targeting the poorest and most vulnerable, and using the SDGs as our compass. Social protection will be central to uprooting the multidimensional inequalities that permeated societies before COVID-19, and that are starkly visible today.

Watch the Open Dialogue for Social Protection here.

Digital Disruption

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated demand for digital technologies, from telemedicine to virtual schooling to digital cash transfers. Millions of children are out of school in low- and middle-income countries due to poor connectivity and lack of infrastructure; fewer women than men can use digital services because women are less likely to be connected or own mobile phones. UNDP is promoting digital approaches in post-COVID recovery efforts to help governments keep their doors open and close the digital divide.

Watch the Open Dialogue for Digital Disruption here.

Green Economy

The COVID-19 outbreak is a 1-in-100 year event. The root causes of the pandemic – and the health emergency and economic fallout it has unleashed – are inextricably linked to the ongoing dual nature-climate crisis. The frequency and intensity of climate-induced disasters, dangerous loss of biodiversity, and ocean acidification are warning signs that we have breached our planetary boundaries. UNDP is supporting governments to reclaim a path towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Change Agreement through practical solutions, strategies and fiscal and monetary policies that simultaneously respond to immediate recovery needs and medium to longer-term green, inclusive economic growth.

Governance: Building a New Social Contract

UNDP supports governments - national and subnational - in making sustainable choices that build social capital, deliver inclusive services, uphold the rule of law, maintain momentum for conflict prevention and peaceful transitions, and open civic space. These actions can lay the foundations for the future: a new rights-based social contract fully reflective of people’s agency that builds trust in institutions and closes the gap between people and the state.

Watch the Open Dialogue for Governance here.

Financing the SDGs and COVID-19 Recovery

UNDP will continue the discussion on how to accelerate financing towards the SDG and sustainable green recovery.  This will include how UNDP can “Build Better Forward” and apply a more robust approach to financing, including long-term strategies that guide how public and private financing policies can be shaped and adapted to mobilize the required investments.

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