Switzerland’s main event at the UN HLPF


Shaping Resilient Societies: Can One Succeed?

Friday 9th July 1.30 – 3 pm (CEST) | 7:30 – 9 am (EDT), virtual

Moderated panel discussion at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, New York. Jointly organised by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of South Africa, United Nations, New York, the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, the University of Zurich and the University of Geneva


About the event

This event addressed the current crisis and how to brace for future shocks through transversal, cross-sectoral and cross-societal responses. Leading experts will highlight the rationale toward developing sustainable and resilient societies, arguing that this transformation can only take place if pending challenges are co-defined, response mechanisms co-designed, recovery policies co-implemented and co-monitored by all stakeholders involved. They will reflect on data ecosystems, as a tool for evidence-based decision making, as well as compounding effects of global dynamics of change, demographic shifts, urbanization and growing inequalities. They will show that, in addition to measuring progress, data fosters accountability and that data and monitoring are necessary to ensure no one is left behind.


Pascale Baeriswyl, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, New York

Mathu Joyini, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of South Africa, United Nations, New York

Peter Messerli, Director, Wyss Academy for Nature, University of Bern

Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town; Agenda Contributor, World Economic Forum


Sheila Aggarwal-Khan, Director, Economy Division,UN Environment Programme

Ola Awad, Co-chair of the High-Level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity Building and President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics

Nikola Biller-Andorno Director, Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich;

Giacomo de Giorgi, Director, Institute of Economics and Econometrics, Geneva School of Managementand Economics, University of Geneva;

Markus Stoffel, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva

Volker Türk, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

Moderated by Michael Schaepman, President, University of Zurich


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