Asian Development Bank, ADB

Plenary Panel Discussion: How is Asia and the Pacific Coping?

Social protection systems were a critical pillar of the COVID-19 response globally and aimed to protect not only incomes and livelihoods but also save lives. With the impact of the pandemic still affecting countries in the region, overlapping risks and crises have unfolded on the global stage and are reinforcing vulnerabilities in the region. This plenary panel discussed how countries in Asia and the Pacific are coping, through the lens of key social protection stakeholders in the region. The panel discussion highlighted lessons from the pandemic response, and emerging priorities for social protection in different countries, including its role in supporting climate change action and building long term resilience.