The UN and the Pandemic (online event)

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In this free live online event, UN Relief Chief Mark Lowcock is asked your questions by Lyse Doucet, the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent.  

In rich countries, the implications of the coronavirus outbreak seem to be always in people’s lives: poor health, the loss of freedom, and giant economic reverberations. Through this cacophony, it’s easy to forget that the most devastating effects will be felt in the world’s poorest countries. Many are already suffering from conflict, poverty, and famine, which will now be more frequent and acute.

Sir Mark Lowcock is in charge of the United Nations’ humanitarian response to emergencies, including the coronavirus outbreak. He is the highest ranking British official in the UN as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. 

We’ll be talking about his plans for a global stimulus package sourced from the World Bank, IMF, and foreign aid. There will be a focus on areas suffering from conflict, such as Syria. Alongside health, we’ll look at impacts of low oil prices, restrictions on the movement of people, decreased tourism, and a depressed export market.

Register for this event to submit your questions to Mark, and the best ones will be asked by Lyse Doucet.

6 P.M. BST. 60 minute duration.

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lyse doucet

Lyse Doucet

Chief International Correspondent
Senior Presenter
BBC World News television and BBC World Service Radio

Lyse Doucet is regularly deployed to anchor special news coverage from the field and interview world leaders.

She played a key role in the BBC’s coverage of the “Arab Spring” across the Middle East and North Africa and has covered major stories in the region for the past 20 years.

Lyse is a regular visitor to Afghanistan and Pakistan from where she has been reporting since 1988.

Before joining the BBC’s team of presenters in 1999, Lyse spent 15 years as a BBC foreign correspondent with postings in Jerusalem, Amman, Tehran, Islamabad, Kabul and Abidjan.

Recently, she was nominated for two Emmy awards in the United States. In 2012, she got  an Edward R Murrow award for radio reports from Tunisia, a Peabody and David Bloom Award in 2010 for television films from Afghanistan, and Radio News journalist of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in the UK.

Earlier awards include the Silver Sony Award for News Journalist of the Year, International Television Personality of the Year from the Association for International Broadcasting and the News and Factual Award from Women in Film and Television.

In 2012, she delivered the Huw Weldon Memorial lecture for the Royal Television Society.

Sir Mark Lowcock KCB

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
United Nations

In May 2017, Mark Lowcock was appointed to his UN position. With more than 30 years of humanitarian and development experience, Mark serves as the chief coordinator of the world’s humanitarian response in times of urgent crisis.

Prior to this he was Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Development (DFID) in the British Government. He led the United Kingdom’s humanitarian response to conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Syria, and to natural disasters in Nepal and the Philippines.

Before this he served as DFID’s Director General for Africa and Asia, coordinating its response to humanitarian emergencies in Haiti, Myanmar and Pakistan. He served previously as Director General for both Policy and Corporate Performance, and as Director of Finance.