South-South cooperation for more inclusive and sustainable social protection systems in the COVID-19 recovery and achievement of the 2030 Agenda

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, global solidarity has emerged as a necessary antidote. Countries have emphasized the need to work and learn jointly to overcome this crisis sustainably and ensure that recovery efforts set us on track to achieve the SDGs and leave no one behind. The multi-faceted impacts of COVID-19 have made an inclusive and sustainable social protection system a necessity in the COVID and post-COVID eras, particularly for already vulnerable groups. Efforts to revamp social protection systems across regions need to be complemented by a political discussion in order to provide impetus for strengthened and institutionalized exchange of knowledge and expertise among countries in this area. South-South cooperation, as a complement to North-South cooperation, provides a promising framework as one of the effective models of development cooperation, particularly in the Arab region.

Welcoming remarks:

  • Ms. Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary, ESCWA
  • Mr. Adel Abdellatif, Director a.i., UNOSSC


  • Mr. Daoud El Deek, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Social Development, Palestine
  • Speaker from an Arab Member State – TBD
  • Member States speakers from other regions (TBD)
  • Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) – TBC
  • Ms. Mariana Balboni, Senior Project Officer, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), Brazil


  • Ms. Gala Díaz Langou, Executive Director, Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), Argentina
  • Mr. Ziad Abdel Samad, Executive Director, Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), Lebanon