Covid-19 has widened pre-existing inequalities and recent analysis shows that the world is not meeting the Sustainable Development Goals on Inequalities. A recent UNDP report shows that countries have had to adopt technological innovations, implement changes to administrative processes related to social protection, and adapt institutional and governance structures overseeing social protection decision making.
While the crisis is not over, many of the emergency measures, including financing, that were put in place are now running out. As many countries, particularly the poorest, have stretched their budgets, it is now time for the international community to provide the technical and financial support needed to institutionalize the advances made in the COVID-19 response, and build towards the establishment of robust, inclusive, and shock and gender responsive social protection systems, that can also ensure a just transition to resilient, green and sustainable economies.
Ms. Paola Albrito, Chief of Branch, Intergovernmental processes, Interagency co-operation and Partnerships, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Ms. Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director, Indonesia, International Labour Organization
Mrs. Carmen Ubaldi, Executive Director of the Technical Unit of the Social Cabinet (UTGS) of the Republic of Paraguay
Mr. Setareki Macanawai, Chief Executive, Pacific Disability Forum
Ms. Armine Hayrapetyan, Representative of MES in Foreign Countries and International Organizations, Sendai National Focal Point, Lieutenant Colonel of Rescue Service, Government of Armenia