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09 September 2020 | By invitation only

Starting as a health emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned into an economic and humanitarian crisis of monumental proportions. Given their poor public health infrastructure, low coverage of social security and other development gaps, socio-economic impacts on the South Asian countries have been severe. UNESCAP has estimated that the pandemic could push upto 132 million people into extreme poverty in the subregion, reversing the development gains of a whole decade and undermining the progress made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Building on the High-Level Policy Dialogue with ministers of planning/economy of South Asian countries held on 9 July 2020, the Dialogue will bring together the heads of South Asian think-tanks in an interactive session, to share their perspectives in addressing the challenge and on how regional cooperation can assist the subregion in building back better. The discussions will be followed by Q&A from participants.


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Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia +91 11 3097 3700 [email protected]