Country-to-Country Learning and South-South Cooperation
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has since the first outbreak in December 2019 become a global pandemic, spreading to more than 182 countries and territories. It has become clear that the impact of COVID-19 goes far beyond the immediate challenges that the health sector is facing. Governments’ responses require a complex mix of health, social protection and economic measures.
Examples from around the world are emerging of how governments are responding and continuously adapting their measures to this unprecedented situation as well as to mitigate the secondary impacts of the pandemic, including disruption of health services and socioeconomic effects. Although scarcely four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons are already emerging from countries, both from those who were more successful in stemming the COVID-19 outbreak as well as those that had to deal with a full-blown pandemic.
This webinar, organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with the support of the International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), promoted sharing of experiences and emerging lessons learned from different countries responding to COVID-19. Panellists and participants of the webinar shared insights and perspectives on: 1) the overall Covid-19 situation in their respective country 2) overall response and management of the epidemic; 3) social protection and economic measures that have been put in place to support vulnerable populations; 4) lessons learned and recommendations; and 5) opportunities for South-South knowledge sharing and cooperation. The aim of this webinar was to contribute to a global exchange of experiences that could increase understanding of the challenges and solutions, improve the effectiveness of cross-disciplinary responses, and leverage cooperation amongst countries, including through South-South and triangular cooperation.
Mr. Jorge Chediek, Director of UNOSSC and Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation
Mr. Mihir Bhatt, Director of All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), India
Mr. Taidong Zhou, Head of Global Development Division, Center for International Knowledge on Development (CIKD), China
Prof. Young June Choe, Department of preventive medicine, Hallym University, Republic of Korea
Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC
Moderator: Ms. Martha Santos, Programme Manager, South-South/Horizontal Cooperation, UNICEF