On June 24 the OSCE Academy and CABAR.asia, a project of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Central Asia, jointly organized an international online discussion on the “Implications of COVID-19 on Climate Change”. The main questions targeted the pandemic's impact on climate change and how economies will be able to catch up and grow without affecting the environment. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Mirza Sadaqat Huda, the OSCE Academy's Postdoc Research fellow. The first speaker, Dr. Rahat Sabyrbekov, who is also the OSCE Academy's Postdoc Research fellow, talked about the trajectories of economies after the lockdown and the possible ways governments can re-examine the impact of the COVID-19 on their respective countries. The next panelist, Dr. Troy Sternberg from the University of Oxford, gave an overview of how the governments and the societies need to join forces and respond to the challenge posed by the pandemic. Dr. Sternberg also talked about the sustainability of Chinese investments to the development of Kyrgyzstan. Next discussant, Mr. Timur Idrissov, a Senior Advisor of the "Little Earth" NGO from Tajikistan, concentrated on how to redirect world economies on sustainable rails bring about the 'green' recovery. Finally, Dr. Farkhod Aminjonov, an alumnus of the OSCE AiB and co-founder and expert on energy security at the Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies (Kazakhstan), concentrated on Kazakhstan's and Uzbekistan's efforts to mitigate the crisis caused by the pandemic, as well as the introduction of crisis management in Central Asia in general. The presentations were followed by Q&A session, where the audience raised the questions of the nuclear energy in Central Asia, process of 'green' recovery in developing countries, the role of the civil society during the COVID-19 crisis, and other related issues.
The video recording is available here: https://youtu.be/zNliIOFMIb4