The Covid-19 pandemic has made peacebuilding in fragile states worldwide more difficult. Covid-19 does not pose a threat of war. But the pandemic does threaten human security, i.e. the integrity and dignity of people. Besides health risks, concerns about economic recession, unemployment and social decline play an important role. It is also becoming more difficult to care for refugees, since access to those in need is only possible with protective measures. These stress factors can bring post-war societies and peacebuilding processes to a standstill. In addition, in the shadow of the pandemic, freedom of association and assembly is often restricted -- and pluralistic decision-making and social protest are made more difficult. This impedes political transformation.
The Käte Hamburger Dialogue examined the corresponding effects of the pandemic and at the same time looked ahead: What measures are necessary in terms of solidarity and justice to overcome this threat to human security? In concrete terms: How can Global Health Governance reach not only the privileged states but also war-torn societies? How can governments fulfil their task of protecting their own populations without simply delegating this task to private or international actors? How can humanitarian protection for vulnerable populations be increased? How can 'shrinking spaces' be prevented, which have promoted autocratization worldwide?
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Welcoming and introductory remarks:
Tobias Debiel (Moderation), represented by Dr Cornelia Ulbert, INEF
17. Käte Hamburger Dialogue
Johannes Vüllers, Institute for Development and Peace, INEF, University of Duisburg-Essen
Maryam Z. Deloffre, George Washington University
Anna Holzscheiter, TU Dresden
Hafsa Maalim, African Union
Q&A with the Audience
Concluding remarks and end of the event
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