Geneva Presentation of the Human Development Report 2020 The next frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene
Monday 30 March 2021 15:00-16:30 CET / 09:00-10:30 EDT
The climate crisis. Biodiversity collapse. Ocean acidification. The list is long and growing longer. So much so that many scientists believe that for the first time, instead of the planet shaping humans, humans are knowingly shaping the planet.This is the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans - a new geologic epoch.
While the devastating effects of Covid-19 have taken the world’s attention, these other crises, from climate change to rising inequalities, continue to take their toll. Undeniably, the challenges of planetary and societal imbalance are intertwined, interacting in a vicious circle and each making the other worse. How should we react to this new age of the Anthropocene?
The 2020 Human Development Report, in its 30th anniversary edition, explores how the expansion of human freedoms can be squared with living in balance with the planet. It also doubles down on the belief that people’s agency and empowerment can bring about the action we need if we are to live in a fairer world.
Concretely, the HDR explores how to jumpstart the process, using different approaches: shifting social norms and values, deepening science, and expanding technology, scaling up the use of nature-based solutions, shifting market incentives for the allocation of capital and resources. There are already many encouraging examples of business and community practices placing the protection of nature as a core value. The official presentation of the Report in Geneva will provide an opportunity to discuss these pathways with world-renowned experts.
- Maria Luisa Silva, Director, UNDP Office in Geneva
- Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, UN Office at Geneva
Report’s key findings: Pedro Conceição, Director of the Human Development Report Office, UNDP
- H.E Nazhat Shameem Khan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the Human Rights Council
- Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
- Stewart Maginnis, Global Director of the Nature-Based Solutions Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Open Q&A session, with the audience, through an interactive chatbox tool
Event moderated by
- Kasmira Jefford, Editor-in-chief, Geneva Solutions
The European Union and the United Nations will co-chair the fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” on 29 and 30 March 2021. In view of COVID-19 restrictions, the Conference will take place in a virtual format.
The website for the Conference is online and it will be constantly updated with more information, including the updated information on side events.
Campaign “The graffiti that triggered it all”
Side Event: Leaving no one behind: leveraging partnerships, technology and trust in cash-based interventions for the Syria response.
With food insecurity reaching record levels in the region, this event will showcase case-based interventions as an effective modality of assistance for refugees, displaced persons and other vulnerable populations in achieving food security and related sector outcomes. Whether it is a complex emergency such as Syria or a host country such as Jordan, cash has been an innovative way to reach those most in need. This event will highlight voices and best practices from the field in an interactive panel discussion. To register, click here.
Side Event: "Life Suspended: a decade trapped in Limbo"
The Refugee Protection Watch (RPW) coalition, the We Exist! Advocacy Alliance and the Persons Affected by the Syrian Displacement Crisis in Lebanon Working Group (PASC-WG). This is an invitation to a virtual side-event on challenges related to the Syrian forced displacement crisis, ahead of the Brussels V Conference on the Future of Syria and the Region.
This side-event, “Life Suspended: a decade trapped in limbo”, will take place on Wednesday 17 March 2021, from 11:00-12:30 CET. Speakers will include representatives from RPW, WE Exist! and the PASC Network. Simultaneous translation (ENG-AR and AR-ENG) will be available. You can register by filling in this form. Once you have registered, you will receive the Zoom link ahead of the event.