Strong partnerships and leadership: powerful drivers for SDGs success - SDG Media Zone, Expo 2020, Dubai
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The SDG Media Zone at the Dubai Expo takes place from 16 – 20 January 2022 at the UN Hub. Hosted by the United Nations and in collaboration with the PVBLIC Foundation and media partners, the SDG Media Zone aims to take the conversation on advancing the Sustainable Development Goals out of the policy sphere and into the public discourse.

Session 1 | A Storied Relationship: UN & UAE

The UN has had a long-standing relationship with the UAE which includes working together on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its core 17 SDGs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this expanded to humanitarian relief around vaccine equity. The panel explored today's state of play for the UN and UAE, and what collaboration looks like in the future.


  • Amira Mohammed, Abu Dhabi TV (moderator)
  • Dena Assaf, UN Resident Coordinator for the UAE

Session 2 | A Rewriting the Narrative: Women's Visions

Women have been at the forefront of the pandemic response, yet they have suffered disproportionately during the COVID-19 pandemic – rising rates of domestic violence, economic devastation, and huge job losses. Estimates indicated that the pandemic would push approximately 47 million more women and girls into poverty. To meet the challenges of our time, from the pandemic to rising inequalities to climate change, women must be a part of all decision-making processes.


  • Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications (Moderator)
  • Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice President, Costa Rica