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  • 8:00 – 9:30 New York
  • 14:00 – 15:30 Geneva
  • Mark Eddo


  • Achim Steiner


  • Franck Bousquet

    Deputy Director

  • H.E. Dr. Francis Mustapha Kai-Kai


  • Susanna Moorehead

    Chair, Development Assistance Committee

  • Patricia Danzi

    Director General
    Swiss Development Cooperation

  • Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah

    Oxfam Great Britain

  • Mona Harb

    Professor of Urban Studies and Politics and Research Lead at the Beirut Urban Lab, MSFEA
    American University of Beirut

Development solutions for crises – the way forward


Crisis contexts are the most off-track to meet the goals of Agenda 2030.  They are home to the majority of the world’s most left behind, the extremely poor, and most at-risk people. COVID-19 has further reversed hard-won development gains in many of these places.

Crises clearly pose a significant development challenge to tackle during this Decade of Action.  And yet, the world is struggling for the transformative change that is needed to prevent crises wherever possible, to protect and foster systemic development gains, and to promote a resilient recovery.

Over the last four months, the Development Dialogues series has hosted a broad range of conversations about important aspects of delivering development solutions for crisis. Organised around development for people, planet, prosperity and peace, the Dialogues have involved deep dives on subjects ranging from conflict prevention, atrocity crimes, the impact of COVID-19, women’s leadership, local systems and economic recovery, urban resilience, green energy, financing, peacebuilding and rule of law, violent extremism, innovation, the climate and security nexus, and aspects of operational fitness to deliver results. A broad range of key partners, including civil society, think tanks, colleagues from across the UN family, international financial institutions, and partner countries have presented different perspectives and challenges around these topics. The deep dives have been complemented by studies and stories of work ongoing in a range of country offices, from Iraq to Cambodia, Bangladesh, Lebanon and Ethiopia, as well as Syria, Yemen, Ukraine and many others.

How can we approach differently to deliver development solutions to crisis that are transformative, ambitious, relevant, principled and at scale, aiming to help build the foundations of stable societies and enable choice and opportunity for people, communities, governments and societies?

This event, the culmination of the four months of Development Dialogue discussions, will take stock of the learning, solutions and action points across all these areas. The learning will inform our upcoming new Framework for Development Solutions in Crisis and Fragile Contexts, which sets out our way forward: what we will do to ensure a systemic solutions that is tailored to individual crisis contexts, and how we will change the way we work, with enhanced partnerships,  to ensure that we are fit for purpose for delivering results, including how we will learn, innovate and adapt in these fast evolving contexts.

We will hear from influential and important partners on expectations for UNDP’s role in development solutions to crisis.

In this Decade of Action to deliver the 2030 Agenda, we must prioritize the needs of those most left behind by addressing crisis. We must ensure that the furthest behind are part of our shared tomorrow.