Global Health and Human Rights in the Post-pandemic World

ONLINE: On 23 May, UNU will host a BIG IDEAS Dialogue with Rajat Khosla, Director of UNU-IIGH, and UNU Senior Vice-Rector Sawako Shirahase.

- Asia/Tokyo
Online via Zoom Webinar

On 23 May 2023, UNU will host “Global Health and Human Rights in the Post-pandemic World”, a BIG IDEAS Dialogue with Rajat Khosla, Director of the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH). This event will be held via Zoom webinar at 18:30 JST (UTC+9). 

It has recently been written that “pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew.” As the discussions grow for a post-pandemic world, how can we seize this opportunity to create something anew — something which addresses the injustices that the pandemic exposed?

Mr Khosla will join UNU Senior Vice-Rector Sawako Shirahase to explore some of the recent lessons for the field of global health and the role human rights can play in reimagining health. The discussion will explore opportunities and challenges as we embark on this journey, while also touching on the work of UNU-IIGH to generate policy-relevant analysis on addressing gender inequality in health.

Please note this event will be in English; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration by 22 May is required. Registrants will receive an email on the day of the event with a link to attend via Zoom webinar. 

About the Speaker

Rajat Khosla is the Director of the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH). Rajat works on global health and inequalities through the intersections of research, policy, and practice. Over the last twenty years his research has focused on global health, development, gender equality, health equity, and human rights. He has published widely in academic publications and writes regularly on global health issues. His present research commitments include racism and global health; social justice; accountability; and gender and digital health governance.

Prior to his appointment at UNU-IIGH, he served as Senior Director for Research, Advocacy, and Policy at Amnesty International. He previously worked at the World Health Organisation and UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights where his work focused on research and normative development for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals related to health. See Rajat’s full profile for more information.

About the series

The BIG IDEAS: SDGs Dialogue Series introduces the people, projects, and organisations behind shared efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each event features leading representatives and researchers from international organisations, UN agencies, and UNU institutes to stimulate discussion on sustainable development issues and initiatives. The events provide a unique opportunity for young researchers, graduate students, and civil society to become more familiar with SDG-related topics, ask questions, and learn how they can contribute to local and global SDG progress.