Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi speaking at the virtual press conference held in Jakarta, on Apr. 17, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the Foreign Affairs Ministry)

Foreign Affairs Ministers, WHO Director-General to Attend FPCI's Global Town Hall

BY :JAYANTY NADA SHOFA

NOVEMBER 19, 2020

Jakarta. High-level speakers ranging from foreign ministers, vaccine makers to the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom will join the global discussion on Covid-19 recovery held by the think-tank Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia, or FPCI.

According to FPCI's founder Dino Patti Djalal, the Global Town Hall will revolve around the drastic changes brought by the pandemic and how to help the world bounce back from the crisis. 

"The 2020 world is fundamentally different from earlier years. In every crisis, there are changes. The Global Town Hall will discuss what kind of changes we will face in the years ahead," Dino told reporters in an online conference on Thursday.

Dino said President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will deliver a speech to kick off the forum. The speakers will later discuss a multitude of topics, including ways for the world to escape recession. Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi will speak on the geopolitics in the global fight against Covid-19.

"I believe the minister will discuss how the international world, particularly the major powers, must collaborate in combating the pandemic," Dino said.

Whereas her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, will be the keynote speaker to the morning session titled  "The State of the Covid-19 World in 2020". 

Meanwhile, Tedros will participate in the session on vaccine availability for all. Vaccine producer Sinovac Biotech and the global alliance Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) will also join the panelists' session.

"Tedros will most likely talk about the challenges of vaccines which have entered a new stage, as well as its distribution. There will also be talks on vaccine nationalism, which are showing signs of emerging and how they will impact the global citizens in the next two years," Dino said.

The Global Town Hall will also highlight how geopolitics plays a role in vaccine distribution, former Indonesia's ambassador to the US said.

In this event, FCPI teams up with 18 international think-tanks so audiences can watch the event across the globe despite the different time zones.

The Global Town Hall will begin on Friday at 9.00 a.m. (Jakarta time). For registration, please visit the following link.

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