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IPU President co-hosts webinar on how to ‘Build Back Better’ with the SDGs

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Parliamentarians for the Global Goals, convened the first of a series of webinars for Parliamentarians on COVID-19 response and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the aim of connecting parliamentarians with world-leading experts to share best practice to “Build Back Better” through enabling economic recovery in a sustainable manner.

The online session was moderated by Gabriela Cuevas, President of the IPU and included panellist from different areas of expertise, starting from Jeffrey D. Sachs, President of SDSN, Kirsten Brosbøl, founder of Parliamentarians for the Global Goals, Margareta Cederfelt, Parliamentarians for Global Action, Dr Yuning Gao, Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Martin Mühleisen, Director of the Strategy, Policy and Review Department (SPR) of the IMF, and Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

The high-level dialogue focused on good governance, how to deal with debt, how to get the SDGs at the centre of the decision making in COVID-19 response and the need to generate effective recovery measures that were green, digital and sustainable. Participants emphasised that COVID-19 made the SDGs even more relevant and called for national commitment and cooperation through Parliaments to work on the goals roadmap and redesign our economy around the SDGs post-COVID.

Levels of interest in the webinar were high with some 405 participants registered including a number of UK parliamentarians such as Lord McConnell, the Co-Chair of the UK’s All Party Parliamentary group for the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and Chris Law MP from the BGIPU Executive Committee and also a member of the International Development Committee of the House of Commons.

SDSN has also published a report on the key outcomes of the webinar on its website with a video link to the panel presentations.

BGIPU Secretariat