AGENDA

 

Day 1

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

 

Opening

9:00 am. - 11:00 am.

Event open to the public. RSVP HERE

 

Table 1: Social protection and tax systems towards resilient societies

11:00 am. - 12:30 pm.

Event closed to the public


Side Event 1: "Towards a new classification for the Caribbean economies"

1:00 pm. - 2:30 pm.

Event open to the public. Join the event here: www.uwitv.org

The side event entitled "Towards a new ranking for the Caribbean economies" will be the first in a series of three events to be organized by UNDP in 2021. The aim of this first event is to initiate discussions on the need to move from income purely - based on classifications for SIDS to categorizations based on vulnerabilities and to raise awareness within the international community. The objective is to analyze the need for a new classification for the Caribbean economies given common development challenges, high vulnerability to exogenous shocks, debt sustainability problems, and access to development finance. The event will provide a forum to collect recommendations on how this transition could be accomplished. Future events will focus on specific methodologies and indices for measuring vulnerability and will cover other SIDS regions, also expanding participation to other UN entities and other actors outside the UN system, including the donor community, the private sector. and civil society.

 

Day 2

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


Side Event 2: Private Initiatives of Digitization for Development

9:00 am. - 10:00 a.m.

Event open to the public. RSVP HERE

Before the pandemic, many digitization efforts to support development-related goals were already underway in the region, from both the public and private sectors. However, the impact of COVID-19 has accelerated the way these tools are used and deployed, emphasizing issues related to equity and inclusion. As public health measures to contain the spread of the virus have forced people to stay at home, this has placed unprecedented demands for remote learning, remote working, and remote banking infrastructure. The pandemic has brought societies to a tipping point where the adoption of digital technology is no longer an option, but a necessity, and has made greater investments in universal connectivity a top priority again. By taking the necessary steps and actions now, governments and businesses can view the crisis as an opportunity to build a better future. The private sector is a key player in driving this transformation. This side event will aim to show the role that private sector actors can play (and are playing) in supporting inclusive digitization efforts in the region. The event will feature three speakers who have led innovative initiatives in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, ranging from digital financing to distance learning.

 


Side Event 3: Regional Launch of the Global Human Development Report

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Event open to the public. RSVP HERE

For the first time in a relationship spanning 300,000 years, instead of the planet shaping humans, humans are shaping the planet. This is the Anthropocene: the age of humans. The new Human Development Report 2020 (HDR), analyzes how humanity can navigate this new era, breaking down the relationships between people and the planet and showing how our impacts on Earth interact with inequalities in societies. Now in its 30th anniversary, the report presents an experimental global index that projects the progress of human development in a new light; one that places an emphasis on both people and the planet. In order to spark a dynamic global discussion around the timely messages of the new report, this regional launch event will feature a high-level segment, followed by a "Leaders Dialogue."

 

Table 2: Inclusive digital transformation as a mechanism for productivity, inclusion and resilience

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 pm.

Event closed to the public

The Roundtable on "Inclusive digital transformation as a mechanism for productivity, inclusion and resilience" will aim to show the role that governments can play (and are playing) to support inclusive digitization efforts in the region. Since public health measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 have forced people to stay at home, this has meant unprecedented demands for digital infrastructure to perform essential activities such as remote learning, remote work, banking services. remote and remote medicine. However, while digital technology has been essential to ensure that people can continue to carry out these activities, without universal connectivity, it can also become a factor of greater inequality. For example, access to agreements for work and distance learning is still more common among people of a higher socioeconomic level. The pandemic has brought societies to a tipping point where the adoption of digital technology is no longer an option, but a necessity, and revealed the fundamental need for greater investments in universal connectivity. By taking the necessary steps and actions now, governments can seize the crisis as an opportunity to build a better future for all. The Roundtable will be chaired by delegates from Colombia and will feature speakers from governments in the region who have led innovative initiatives in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, ranging from the digital delivery of distance education to the digital delivery of benefits from social care.

 

Table 3: Fourth Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean of ECLAC

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 pm.

Event closed to the public

The Fourth Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held virtually on January 13, 2021 within the framework of the XII Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean of the Program of the United Nations for Development (UNDP). This meeting will bring together all the authorities of the Social Development ministries or secretariats and its results will be recorded in a report that will be distributed to all the member countries of ECLAC. The current Board of Directors was elected at the Third Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean held in Mexico City in October 2019 and is constituted by Mexico in the Presidency and Barbados, Costa Rica, Ecuador, British Virgin Islands, Paraguay and Uruguay in the Vice Presidencies

 

Day 3

Thursday, January 14, 2021

 

Table 4: Effective Governance, beyond recovery

9:00 am. - 10:00 a.m.

Event closed to the public

The roundtable event will aim to showcase some important examples of agreement building in the region. Covid-19 has the potential to open the space to generate agreements that reimagine the social contract in the region. This, however, will not happen unless there are decided actions on the part of governments, and broad participation of actors from different groups in society. These actions must establish mechanisms for dialogue and coordination to reach agreements that not only reflect the collective imagination of society, but also commit the actors that comprise it. At this table we will explore examples of countries that have succeeded in establishing and executing agreements towards development goals.


Side Event 4: Strengthening Effective Governance

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 am.

Event open to the public. RSVP HERE

Latin America and the Caribbean has been hard hit by COVID-19. The consequences derived from the pandemic in the economic, social and political spheres refer to pre-existing institutional conditions in the region, including low trust in institutions, political and social polarization, perception of State capture and weakened political parties. COVID-19 goes beyond a health crisis and must be understood as a crisis of governance. Between September and November 2020, UNDP organized seven consultations with a variety of actors in the region. It was concluded that the magnitude of the governance crisis requires recognizing that it is an unprecedented crisis. From the consultations it is concluded that innovative solutions are required and that to achieve the required changes it is necessary to act differently. Based on the UNDP approach that development for Latin America and the Caribbean is a three-lane highway - productivity, inclusion and resilience - with effective governance as the necessary pavement, 8 principles and 5 propositions collected during the consultations are proposed. This event seeks to present the document that arises as a result of the regional consultations carried out which includes the aforementioned principles.

 

Closing

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 pm.

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