People and Planet: The Future of Development in a Post-COVID-19 World


High-level dialogue with:

Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
Raya Haffar El Hassan, Former Minister of Finance and Interior of Lebanon
Joseph Stiglitz, Professor at Columbia University and recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Bina Agarwal, Professor of Development Economics and Environment, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester

COVID-19 has unleashed an unprecedented human development crisis. However, in the endeavor of confronting its multiple implications, there is also an opportunity to reimagine what is possible and desirable for the future.

Policies are currently being designed to face the crisis and massive additional financial resources are being mobilized. A key question is how to make this crisis an opportunity for positive change.

The pandemic hit a world dealing with unresolved tensions - between the people and the planet and between people and technology - that are shaping a new generation of inequalities. In a post-COVID 19 world: how can we build back better and shape the future of development for a more sustainable and egalitarian societies?

The 2020 Human Development Report, to be released towards the end of this year, will delve into these issues and focus on how to rekindle our relationship with nature and improve people’s lives today and in the future, in balance with the planet.

In the lead up to the report, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme are jointly organizing a High-Level Dialogue to discuss these issues with leading global experts.