COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Public Policy Leadership and Institutional Arrangements — 2021 Inter-regional Dialogue and Stocktaking for Advancing South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Arab States, Europe and the CIS (6-8 April 2021) — Summary Report

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The ‘COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Public Policy Leadership and Institutional Arrangements — 2021 Inter-regional Dialogue and Stocktaking for Advancing SSTC in the Arab States, Europe and the CIS’, organised by the UNOSSC Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, took place virtually from 6-8 April 2021.

All the sessions from the Inter-regional Dialogue were enriched by renowned public policy experts, directors general for development cooperation, other senior public officials, senior and technical level UN representatives, representatives from international financial institutions, regional inter-governmental organisations, and think tanks. There were over 200 registrants from over 40 countries, across Arab states, Europe and the CIS, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America.

First and foremost, only salient points have been reflected across the summary report due to space constraints, though some of which have been intentionally repeated for further considerations and follow-up. Hopefully, this report will also be very informative to other interested stakeholders. Following the Introduction, Section I provides the key takeaways and possible opportunities from each day. It ends with some follow-up commitments from theUNOSSC Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS.

Section II provides a summary of remarks of speakers. Speakers’ understanding issought for any inadvertent omissions. All received written statements, presentations and transcripts of recordings are in file with the organising team. Annex contains a set of background documents, including the source link to obtain the summary report of the 12th Edition of the High-level Forum of Directors General for Development Cooperation (17-19 March 2021), when it becomes available. This is to complement the discussions on Day 2.