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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Welcome and Opening

Tue 04 May 2021, 9.00 am
Virtual Event (NYC time)


(Interprefy) (UN webcast)

Opening Remarks 

  • H.E. Mr. Munir Akram, President of Economic and Social Council [Video]
  • H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President General Assembly [Video]
  • Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (remarks delivered by Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UNDESA, and Officer-in-Charge, UN Office of the Secretary General's Envoy on Technology) [Video]

Keynote Speakers

  • Ms. Julie Makani, Professor and Principal Investigator for Sickle Cell Disease programme, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
  • Mr. Rajiv Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Webcast video: