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#FlorenceLive webcast – Latin America’s battle with COVID-19

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  • Wed 30 Sep 2020 17.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-09-30 17:00 2020-09-30 18:00 Europe/Paris #FlorenceLive webcast – Latin America’s battle with COVID-19

Latin America has suffered comparatively more than other regions in the world from the Covid-19 pandemic. Five Latin American countries are among the ten worst hit in terms of contagion and number of deaths. This impacted an area with less robust health systems in comparison with Europe or North America. It is also an area with significant socio-economic inequalities and with some political tensions lasting for few years. These factors compose a worrying background against which to assess the impact of the pandemic, particularly given the fact that a second wave cannot dismissed. 

In this instalment of #FlorenceLive, we welcome distinguished policy makers and institutional leaders for a conversation on the effects of the pandemic on Latin America in three related areas: health and social issues; economic effects and political consequences. The panel will explore questions such as:

  • How have Latin American health systems reacted to the pandemic? Are they more prepared for a possible second wave?
  • What has been the impact of Covid-19 on inequality in the region? What could the long-term effects of this pattern be?
  • How can Latin American countries cope with the huge economic impact of the pandemic?
  • What are the political consequences of Covid-19? Could the situation spark populist responses across the region and could it create an ideal situation for ideological polarisation?
  • How could Covid-19 affect regional cooperation and, more extensively, Latin America’s place in the global scene?

Discussants:

  • Luis Almagro is Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS). A career diplomat, Mr Almagro was Foreign Minister of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015, and has extensive regional and international experience. In addition, he was elected Senator in the national elections in Uruguay in October 2014. His time at the head of Uruguayan diplomacy was characterised by activism in defense of human and civil rights at the regional and global level, the insertion of Uruguay into non-traditional markets, the diversification of these markets, and the strengthening of the image of Uruguay as a democratic, fair, tolerant, and diverse society, with ever increasing rights for more Uruguayans.
  • Rebeca Grynspan is the Ibero-American Secretary General (SEGIB). She is a former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the UN, Ms Grynspan served as Vice-President of Costa Rica, and was also Minister of Housing, Minister Coordinator of Economic and Social Affairs, and Deputy Minister of Finance. 
  • José Gabriel Porcile Meirelles is Economic Affairs Officer at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Moderator:

  • Carlos Closa is part-time Professor on Regional Governance at the School of Transnational Governance and Professor at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Before joining the STG, Closa was Director of the European, Transnational and Global Governance research area at the Robert Schuman Centre’s Global Governance Programme. He has also been Deputy Director at the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (CEPC) in Madrid, and member of the Venice Commission for Democracy through Law of the Council of Europe. He was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and lecturer at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

The EUI School of Transnational Governance’s #FlorenceLive series hosts conversations on the world today, with a focus on policy issues and challenges that cross borders. The event will be livestreamed on the STG’s website and Youtube channel and is open to all (no registration is required). To participate in the conversation, please join us live and post your comments and questions in the comment feed below the video. 

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Latin America has suffered comparatively more than other regions in the world from the Covid-19 pandemic. Five Latin American countries are among the ten worst hit in terms of contagion and number of deaths. This impacted an area with less robust health systems in comparison with Europe or North America. It is also an area with significant socio-economic inequalities and with some political tensions lasting for few years. These factors compose a worrying background against which to assess the impact of the pandemic, particularly given the fact that a second wave cannot dismissed. 

In this instalment of #FlorenceLive, we welcome distinguished policy makers and institutional leaders for a conversation on the effects of the pandemic on Latin America in three related areas: health and social issues; economic effects and political consequences. The panel will explore questions such as:

  • How have Latin American health systems reacted to the pandemic? Are they more prepared for a possible second wave?
  • What has been the impact of Covid-19 on inequality in the region? What could the long-term effects of this pattern be?
  • How can Latin American countries cope with the huge economic impact of the pandemic?
  • What are the political consequences of Covid-19? Could the situation spark populist responses across the region and could it create an ideal situation for ideological polarisation?
  • How could Covid-19 affect regional cooperation and, more extensively, Latin America’s place in the global scene?

Discussants:

  • Luis Almagro is Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS). A career diplomat, Mr Almagro was Foreign Minister of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015, and has extensive regional and international experience. In addition, he was elected Senator in the national elections in Uruguay in October 2014. His time at the head of Uruguayan diplomacy was characterised by activism in defense of human and civil rights at the regional and global level, the insertion of Uruguay into non-traditional markets, the diversification of these markets, and the strengthening of the image of Uruguay as a democratic, fair, tolerant, and diverse society, with ever increasing rights for more Uruguayans.
  • Rebeca Grynspan is the Ibero-American Secretary General (SEGIB). She is a former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the UN, Ms Grynspan served as Vice-President of Costa Rica, and was also Minister of Housing, Minister Coordinator of Economic and Social Affairs, and Deputy Minister of Finance. 
  • José Gabriel Porcile Meirelles is Economic Affairs Officer at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Moderator:

  • Carlos Closa is part-time Professor on Regional Governance at the School of Transnational Governance and Professor at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Before joining the STG, Closa was Director of the European, Transnational and Global Governance research area at the Robert Schuman Centre’s Global Governance Programme. He has also been Deputy Director at the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (CEPC) in Madrid, and member of the Venice Commission for Democracy through Law of the Council of Europe. He was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and lecturer at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

The EUI School of Transnational Governance’s #FlorenceLive series hosts conversations on the world today, with a focus on policy issues and challenges that cross borders. The event will be livestreamed on the STG’s website and Youtube channel and is open to all (no registration is required). To participate in the conversation, please join us live and post your comments and questions in the comment feed below the video. 


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