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Why We Need a New Eco-Social Contract for Just and Green Recovery from COVID-19

A side-event at the 60th session of the UN Commission for Social Development, 8th February 2022

By GEC · 02nd February, 2022
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Feb 8, 2022 16:00 CET - online & free to attend

In this side event, proposed jointly by Finland and UNRISD, we will explore how to build solidarity between different actors and movements who are working towards a new eco-social contract and a just and green recovery from COVID-19, by integrating different perspectives on social, climate and environmental justice. It will draw on Finland’s experience of an eco-welfare state and on UNRISD’s work on the need for a new eco-social contract.

The current period of multiple crises, including the worst pandemic and economic recession in modern history, demands a timely response that catalyses dialogue and action now to begin building forward better towards resilient and sustainable futures. Finland and UNRISD will contribute to this endeavour by unpacking the different ideas behind existing social contracts, and discussing how to make the new eco-social contract more inclusive and climate-proof, and fit for the 21st century.


  • Liisa Häikiö and Eeva Furman, Orchestrating for Systemic Impact (ORSI)
  • Isabell Kempf, UNRISD
  • Zeenat Niazi, Development Alternatives
  • Carlos Villaseñor, Ombudsman Energy Mexico
  • Sirjana Subba, Federation of Nepalese Indigenous Nationalities

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