High-level Event | COVID-19 and the Role of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Building Resilience and Sustaining Social Cohesion and Peace

Date & Time: 
Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Co-chaired by H.E. Ms. Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands and H.E. Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Moderated by Sarah Cliffe, Director of the NYU Center on International Cooperation 10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday, September 24, 2020
This virtual event is organized by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in cooperation with the NYU Center on International Cooperation and the g7+ group of conflict-affected countries.


The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that any discussion of building and sustaining peace must recognize the importance of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing.
The aim of this high-level event is to discuss how Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) can help individuals and communities retain or regain resilience, strengthen solidarity and cohesion, address trauma, and foster reconciliation in the context of COVID-19. The event will explore how MHPSS can help counter social disintegration and support efforts to build and sustain peace, and the discussion will contribute to the formal phase of the 2020 UN Peacebuilding Architecture Review.


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