In the past few months, as a society, we have had to rethink almost everything. When globally pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria remain among the leading causes of death among children under age 5, how much progress have we really made? Three decades ago, polio paralyzed or killed almost 1,000 children every day. Today, through public-private partnerships, 99 percent of those cases have been eliminated. Moreover, the rise of digital and mobile technology, access to humanitarian data, and other innovations have made it easier and more efficient to deliver critical services in conflict and crisis situations and hard-to-reach communities. This expands the opportunity and ability to respond appropriately and with accountability, yet as we have seen with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is so much more to be done.
As the United Nations marks its 75th year, Aspen Institute President and CEO, Dan Porterfield will be in conversation with UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore to explore these topics and aim to answer the question: How do we build a future that is fit for the next generation; one that protects their planet, their health, their rights? This session will provide thought leadership on the value of international cooperation, how various organizations manage response through an unprecedented crisis, and how we will come out stronger on the other side.
Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, will be in conversation with Daniel R. Porterfield, CEO and President of the Aspen Institute.