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Tuesday, December 1 • 15:30 - 17:00
Building back better in times of COVID-19: Small business’ resilience in an era of climate emergency and a global pandemic

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In an era of compound and consecutive disasters, Pacific Island Countries (PICs) face an elevated risk of experiencing a natural hazard combined with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Although the successful containment of COVID-19 at borders has allowed most PICs to remain virus free, and to avert a full-scale lockdown and forced closure of businesses, the immense indirect socioeconomic impact of the global pandemic will have long-lasting effects on the livelihoods and resilience of communities across the region.

Businesses remain at the forefront of experiencing the global crisis. Their resilience and ability to bounce back is fundamental for the socio-economic well-being of communities across the region. This session will examine how small businesses and the informal sector have endured the global pandemic until now, and the role of the government, chambers of commerce and other actors in enhancing their resilience to compound and consecutive disasters going forward.

This session aims to:
  • Build an understanding of how the global pandemic has impacted small businesses in the Pacific, including their response, and business continuity and recovery plans until now.
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of the government, private sector (including chambers of commerce), CSOs and other stakeholders in supporting the resilience and recovery of small businesses and the informal sector going forward.
  • Explore opportunities to improve the support available to the informal sector in the face of disasters, where access to information, insurance coverage, and the protection of fundamental rights of workers and other vulnerable groups is most lacking.

Session organized by UNDRR Pacific Sub-Regional Office.

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Robert Vaughan

Human Rights Officer (Focal point for Climate and Business and Human Rights in the Pacific), The Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Robert Vaughan is a human rights officer at the United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), with over 13 years experience in human rights. Robert specializes in a unique blend of climate, environment, business and human rights.As a human... Read More →

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Krishnan Narasimhan

Deputy Programme Manager, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Representing the United Nations Capital Development Fund managed Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP). Improving access to affordable and appropriate financial services to low-income Pacific islanders and small businesses is the core mandate of the Programme. Through grant... Read More →
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Alisi Tuqa

Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)
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Lati Qoro

Group Manager HR, Governance & Corporate Affairs, Vinod Patel Group

Tuesday December 1, 2020 15:30 - 17:00 GMT+12
Britannia room 3 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji