IAFOR is excited to announce a IAFOR Research Centre supported special panel discussion titled, "Post-COVID World and Human Security".
As the year of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a close, the global community's strengths and challenges have become apparent. The good news is that vaccines will become available soon, the development of which took place at an unprecedented speed. It was the fruit of a truly global cooperation between scientists all over the world, pharmaceutical companies, and the many funders, from governments to private donors, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Dolly Parton. But as the vaccines get rolled out, there is fear of "vaccine nationalism” hoarding by richer countries and delays due to limited airline transportation capacities. What the COVID-19 pandemic revealed is that the UN system is vulnerable to great power rivalry and state-centric notion of security that can impede international cooperation and coordination, especially in the face of borderless, non-traditional, human security challenges such as this pandemic but also climate change. This panel revisits the notion of human security—formerly recognised in the 1994 UNDP Human Development Report—to discuss its relevance in meeting today’s crisis in global governance.
Tokyo, Japan Time: Tuesday, December 15, 10:15-11:45 (UTC+9)
Special Panel Presentation: Post-COVID World and Human Security
Toshiya Hoshino, OSIPP, Osaka University, Japan
Peng Er Lam, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Brendan Howe, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
Moderator: Haruko Satoh, OSIPP, Osaka University, Japan