Climate, COVID-19, and the collaboration we need

Date: Friday, 19 June 2020
Where: Online
A man wearing a face mark hands a bag to a woman also wearing a face mask

COVID-19 pandemic relief services in Chandpur, Bangladesh (Photo: Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Belur Math, via Flickr, public domain)

The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded an unprecedented global response. With every nation experiencing the social and economic shock comes the stark realisation that we must adopt new and better ways to deal with global crises, including the climate emergency. IIED and ICCCAD hosted an online event on Friday, 19 June to discuss what kind of collaboration and action is needed.

The coronavirus crisis has triggered unparalleled global action and exposed stark social and economic inequalities and system weaknesses.

COVID-19 has shown us that we need to abandon the old, normal way of dealing with global emergencies. It has highlighted that long-term complex challenges and short-term crises demand a new response and new ways of working.

As we look ahead, what do we need to do differently? And what can we learn from the pandemic and the global crisis of inequality that can help us tackle the climate crisis?

This event brought together international think tanks to discuss the kind of collaboration and action that is needed now to achieve transformative change, and prepare us for a radically different world.


Juliette Tunstall (, internal engagement and external events officer