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Agile Rabbit: The UN and The Pandemic

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Thu 02 Jul 2020



free (advance registration necessary)



Agile Rabbit: The UN and The Pandemic

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Agile Rabbit: The Impact Of Covid-19 on Developing Countries

Poor countries are ‘on a ledge with no safety net’, according to David Miliband, who is in conversation with Lyse Doucet and UN Relief Chief Mark Lowcock in this free live online event.

In rich countries, the implications of the coronavirus outbreak seem to be always in people’s lives: poor health, the loss of freedom, and economic reverberations. It’s easy to forget that the most devastating effects will be more acute in countries already suffering from conflict, poverty, and famine.

Those who register for this 60 minute event will be able to submit questions, the best of which will be asked by Lyse Doucet to David Miliband and Sir Mark Lowcock.

Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband is the CEO of the International Rescue Committee, which last month issued a warning that, as Europe begins to ‘reopen’, 1 billion people are at risk of infection in crisis affected countries such as Somalia, Yemen, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sir Mark Lowcock is in charge of the United Nations’ humanitarian response to emergencies, including the coronavirus outbreak. He is the highest ranking British official in the UN as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

We’ll be talking about his global stimulus package sourced from the World Bank, IMF, and foreign aid. There will be a focus on areas suffering from conflict, such as Syria. Alongside health, we’ll look at impacts of low oil prices, restrictions on the movement of people, decreased tourism, and a depressed export market.

How To Join

This is a free event, hosted on Zoom. You do not need a Zoom account to take part, but registration is necessary. 

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Agile Rabbit is a platform that provides special events for the South-West and beyond to focus on ideas, global affairs and the natural and scientific world. The events are set in contrasting venues across the South-West to provide quirky experiences, whilst maximising participation for all communities.

Agile Rabbit is held in partnership with the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter.

Venue: Online
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