Online events hosted by UN City agencies in December

Copenhagen, 8 December 2020

We are very happy to invite you to participate in three online events this month. On 10 December, WHO/Europe will host a webinar on belonging and loneliness. On 14 December the key findings of the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2020 Webinar will be discussed. And on 15 December DRC and UNHCR cordially invite you to a virtual high-level panel debate about youth in displacement beyond the pandemic.

10 December, 13:00-14:00 CET: Culture and Health Webinar 2020 – Alone in the crowd? Belonging and loneliness.

Loneliness is a major public health issue, and one that has been brought into stark relief by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although frequently associated with older people, surveys consistently show that some of the highest levels of loneliness exist among young people. For many, loneliness is experienced during periods of transition that are commonly heralded as key markers of independence – such as when they first move away from the family home to discover the new world of work or higher education. Can a better understanding of culture help institutions, families and young people find a solution that works for them?

Join us for the upcoming Culture and Health webinar to explore the cultural contexts of loneliness in young people. The webinar panel will be moderated by Felicity Thomas, Co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Culture and Health. Members of the panel will include:

  • Fred Cooper, Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom);
  • Lina Zakrisson, Founder of Ensamhetsrevolutionen (Loneliness Revolution), Stockholm (Sweden);
  • Vivian Barnekow, freelance consultant, formerly Programme Manager, Child and Adolescent Health, WHO/Europe, Copenhagen (Denmark).

The webinar will be live streamed here (scroll down for the ask-questions window). Online audiences can also interact and ask questions by going to and entering the event code #whoch.

14th December, 3:00 PM – 4:15 CET: The Emissions Gap Report 2020 Webinar

The UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2020 Webinar features presentations and discussion of the key findings of the report. Despite a dip in carbon dioxide emissions in 2020, the world is still heading for a 3.2°C temperature rise this century – far beyond the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming to well below 2°C and pursuing 1.5°C. The webinar sheds light on the extent to which current COVID-19 fiscal rescue and recovery measures support low- or high-carbon development, and discusses the newly announced net-zero emission goals in the context of shorter term ambition and action. Furthermore, it looks into the roles of international shipping and aviation and of behavioral and lifestyle changes in bridging the gap.

Register here.

December 15, 2020 1:00 pm: Youth in Displacement: Sustainable Futures Beyond COVID-19

DRC and UNHCR cordially invite you to a virtual high-level panel debate about youth in displacement beyond the pandemic.

The virtual event marks the one-year anniversary of the Global Refugee Forum and the two-years anniversary of the Global Compact on Refugees. The world is witnessing the largest youth generation in history and the highest number of young people in displacement.

The event will discuss how to better support young people’s potential in becoming a transformative force. This is paramount to our collective commitment to leave no one behind.

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, DRC Patron, will open the event featuring the following speakers:

  • Minister of Youth, Jordan, H.E. Mohammad F. Nabulsi
  • UNHCR, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Ms Gillian Triggs
  • Founder of I-Profile and HOPE HUB in Uganda, Ms Aisha Ali Mohamood
  • Head of Department for Humanitarian Action, Civil Society and Engagement, Danish Ministry
    of Foreign Affairs, Ms Mette Thygesen
  • Senior Vice President, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Ms Hanna Line Jakobsen
  • Medical student, Hashemite University of Jordan (supported through UNHCR’s DAFI
    programme), Mr Shahem Ayman Al Boni
  • DRC Secretary-General, Ms Charlotte Slente

The event will be moderated by CEO, DFUNK (DRC’s Youth Organisation), Ms Natasha Al-Hariri.

Join us in exploring how multi-stakeholder partnerships can be conducive to developing sustainable solutions for and with youth. We look forward to your participation.

Any questions regarding the event can be sent to

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