In 2021, the International Science Council, with the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Health Organization as observers, launched the COVID-19 Outcomes Scenarios Initiative – a project to outline the most plausible outcomes of the pandemic in the next 3-5 years, understand its potential impact global health, inequalities, and the economy, and outline how an optimistic and fair end to the pandemic might be achieved for the global community. An article in The Lancet finds that:
What emerges next will not only depend on the ongoing evolution of the virus, but on the behaviours of citizens, on the decisions of governments, on progress in medical science, and on the extent to which the international community can stand together in its efforts to defeat the virus. Throughout the pandemic, many politicians have talked about the importance of “following the science” when implementing COVID-19 policy. However, there has sometimes been a disconnect between government policy and the fast-evolving scientific evidence.
1. During this HLPF side event, scientists, policy-makers, and civil society representatives will discuss:
2. What has the pandemic taught the global community about policy-making thus far? What went well? What didn’t go well? What new policies are needed to minimize any long-term negative consequences of the pandemic?
3. What do scientists need to do to ensure that evidence is better understood and is taken up by policy-makers?
4. What do policy-makers need to make better and evidence-based decisions?
5. How can civil society be better engaged in the development of policies?
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