Under even the best of circumstances, the coronavirus outbreak has wreaked havoc upon societies and economies. In places already beset with other crises, however, it has the potential to do untold damage. Countries across the Arab region in particular face numerous challenges – from climate change to armed conflict. The pandemic has made life even more complicated. While calls for a global ceasefire have attempted to consolidate efforts towards fighting the virus, responses have been insufficient. This Strategic Conversation with Deputy Director ad interim and Senior Strategic Advisor of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States Adel Abdellatif will look at the effects of COVID-19 on the Arab region and reflect on attempts to curtail conflict.
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- How has the COVID-19 outbreak compounded crises in the Arab region?
- What key factors have foiled attempts to reach a global ceasefire?
- What might the Arab region’s post-pandemic future look like?
Deputy Director ad interim and Senior Strategic Advisor of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States
Managing Director at New Horizons Project
Adel Abdellatif coordinates the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) work across 16 countries in the Arab region. In this capacity, he leads implementation of Agenda 2030 in the region and advises on strategic priorities both regionally and nationally. He also oversees UNDP’s flagship Arab Human Development Report, including the 2016 edition ‘Youth and the prospects for human development in a changing reality’. Prior to joining UNDP, Abdellatif worked for two decades in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, earning the rank of Ambassador.
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