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The Virtual Policy Dialogue on South Asian Cooperation for Accelerating Recovery from COVID-19 and Building Back Better was convened by UNESCAP on 9 September 2020. Building on the success of the UNESCAP’s High-Level Policy Dialogue with ministers of planning/economy of South Asian countries held on 9 July 2020, the objective of this Dialogue was to bring together the heads of South Asian think-tanks and other eminent experts in an interactive session, to share their perspectives in addressing the challenges posed by the pandemic and on how regional cooperation and collaboration can assist the subregion in building back better. Hosted jointly by UNESCAP South and South West Asia (UNESCAP-SSWA) Office and South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), the Policy Dialogue was organized in collaboration with the BIRUNI Institute, Afghanistan; Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh; Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India; South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal; Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan; and Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka.

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