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SIPRI joins Lancet–SIGHT Commission meeting on effects of COVID-19

SIPRI joins Lancet–SIGHT Commission meeting on effects of COVID-19
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On 29–30 June, Sigrún Rawet, SIPRI’s Deputy Director, will join a virtual Lancet–Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT) Commission meeting focusing on the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the Commission’s work.

To inform the work of the Commission, SIPRI is investigating the link between inclusive, gender-sensitive health services and peacebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected contexts by conducting desk-based research on a few selected case studies. These include both post-conflict countries and countries in protracted armed conflicts. Case studies are currently being conducted on Cambodia, Colombia, Iraq and Liberia.

About the Lancet–SIGHT Commission

The Lancet–SIGHT Commission focuses on the linkages between three of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): good health and well-being (SDG 3), gender equality (SDG 5), and peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG16).

The Commission, comprised of an independent, international group of experts representing a diverse set of disciplines and geographies, is an initiative of The Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal, in cooperation with SIGHT. The Commission is chaired by the former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen and its inaugural meeting took place in Stockholm in May 2019. Sigrún Rawet, Deputy Director of SIPRI, was appointed to the Commission in 2019.

The aim of the Commission is to generate new evidence on the interlinkages between the three goals and to give concrete and evidence-based recommendations on how improving health and enhancing gender equality contributes to peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Read more about the Lancet–SIGHT Commission here.

About the Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, a new development agenda for the world was enshrined in the UN SDGs. With the aim of leaving no one behind, the 17 SDGs succeed the work of the Millennium Development Goals as the world’s agenda for development for the next 15 years. Watch SIPRI’s Searchlight film which evaluates how far we have to go to achieve peace, justice and strong institutions in the world by 2030 (SDG16).