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Balancing National Unity and Global Solidarity in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Conversation with Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy to the WHO Director-General on COVID-19

Dr. David Nabarro speaking in microphone
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Thursday, May 28, 2020
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy to the WHO Director-General on COVID-19
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Science-Diplomacy Seminar Series

This conversation with Dr. Nabarro is part of the DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Program "Science-Diplomacy Seminar Series."

The lack of national unity and global solidarity are two major obstacles to defining a clear roadmap for the global COVID-19 response and plans of recovery. The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General has called for cessation of partisan politics and has encouraged international solidarity to avoid additional loss of human life. However, as COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, polarization of response and nationalisms are on the rise. At the time when a coordinated global effort is needed to tackle an international health, economic, and social crisis of unprecedented proportion we are witnessing a fracture in international collaboration and the undermining of multilateralism.

Dr. David Nabarro is a Special Envoy to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General on COVID-19. Dr. Nabarro is also Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London, and Strategic Director of 4SD. In this role, Dr. Nabarro provides strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement in different parts of the world to help WHO coordinate the global response to the pandemic.

This event is open to the public, but registration is required. Register here:

Contact: Xiaojuan Ping