On 16 June 2020, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, gave an address to the IIEA. This briefing summarises how women have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights some measures which UN Women have outlined for governments to build more equal and resilient societies.
This briefing outlines the French vision for European sovereignty and examines how the pandemic has prompted further discussion in Europe’s recovery post-COVID-19 on the proposal to transfer competences for health to the EU. Furthermore, it will also illustrate how the Commission’s response during the pandemic has provided a possible framework for further action on health at EU-level, although this view is not uncontested.
On 3 June 2020, Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), gave an address to the IIEA. This briefing summarises how the ICRC has adapted its ongoing work to become more relevant to the response and prevention of this pandemic. It also looks at how COVID-19 has shaped the work of humanitarian organisations.