WHAT'S NEXT? Once Again – We Shall Overcome: COVID-19 and People of African Descent

We are pleased to invite you to the next conversation on the Nairobi Commitments/ICPD25: What’s Next? Global Thought Leadership Conversations

UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem will be joined by Member State and civil society leaders and other experts for a global conversation on the impacts and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of African descent and their communities. Participants will reflect on how we can build a better world, one that breaks the cycle of systemic inequalities and brings us unequivocally toward equal societies, free from discrimination, marginalization and racism.

The virtual moderated event will include music and other performances by people of African descent and the African diaspora.  

The event will feature simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, French and Portuguese, as well as international sign language. 

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More on the “What’s Next?” series of global conversations on ICPD25 and the Nairobi Commitments

To map the best, most innovative strategies for sustained progress on the three transformative results amid the pandemic, UNFPA’s Executive Director is hosting a series of Global Thought Leadership Conversations on ICPD25 and the Nairobi Commitments: What’s Next?  In a spirit of global collaboration and collective action attuned to the demands of the current moment, experts, leaders and activists will together define how to:  


  • Mobilize global leaders and influencers to catalyse action.
  • Identify innovative solutions.
  • Emphasize the urgency of reducing inequality, exclusion, discrimination and vulnerability. 
  • Highlight underlying gender-based inequalities and discrimination that drive violence against women and girls and harmful practices.
  • Define a strategy for filling knowledge gaps.

Who and how

The What’s Next? conversations engage – and speak to – global leaders and opinion shapers from governments, bilateral and multilateral development organizations, civil society, foundations, the private sector, academia, representatives of indigenous populations and people of African descent, people with disabilities and youth organizations. 

The virtual moderated panel discussions will feature question-and-answer sessions and will take place approximately every two weeks through September 2020. They will be promoted via social media and streamed on YouTube and other interactive platforms.