2020 Human Development Report

17 June UNDP-UNEP, New York
High-level Dialogue on the 2020 Human Development Report

UN Environment Programme


The Future of Development in a Post-COVID-19 World

PEOPLE AND THE PLANET: The Future of Development in a Post-COVID-19 World

WEDNESDAY, 17 JUNE 2020; 3:30 p.m. CET / 9:30 am EDT


COVID19 has unleashed an unprecedented human development crisis putting at risk the hard fought gains of the last decades. It is a wake-up call on the devastating effects of the increasing pressure we are placing on our planet. But in the endeavor of confronting the multiple implications of this crisis, there is also an opportunity to reimagine what is possible and desirable for the future. Policies are currently being designed to confront it and massive additional financial resources are being mobilized. A key question is therefore how to make this crisis an opportunity for positive change. In the lead up to the 2020 Human Development Report, which will focus on how to reset our relationship with nature, UNDP and UNEP are jointly organising a high-level dialogue to explore how can we build back better for more sustainable and egalitarian societies.


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 at the University of Manchester

Moderator: Femi Oke, Journalist

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