UN General Assembly High-level Week—High Level Event on COVID-19 and the role of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Building Resilience and Sustaining Social Cohesion and Peace

One of the many consequences of the COVID-pandemic is an increase, worldwide, in mental and psychosocial distress at individual and community level. COVID-19 and the measures countering it, like lockdowns, may cause feelings of insecurity and incapacity, and make people feel unable to provide, to cope, to care, to act, and to make plans for the future. They can also undermine solidarity and social cohesion and put strain on trust in government institutions, in leaders, and in “others.”

The aim of this high-level event organized by the Netherlands, the Center on International Cooperation, and the g7+ group of conflict-affected countries 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. 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 virtual event will be co-chaired by H.E. Ms. Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, and United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. CIC director Sarah Cliffe will moderate the event.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

10:00 A.M – 11:15 A.M (EDT)

To register for the event, click here.