As the world begins planning for a post-pandemic recovery, the United Nations is calling on governments to seize the opportunity to recover better together by creating more sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies. To that end, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has proposed six priority actions to shape the COVID-19 recovery.  
 
In a recent policy brief, COVID19 & Human Rights, the UN emphasized that recovery must also respect the rights of future generations, enhancing climate action aiming at carbon neutrality by 2050 and protecting biodiversity. Further, UN Secretary-General António Guterres remarked in April 2020:  “As we plan our recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, we have a profound opportunity to steer our world on a more sustainable and inclusive path – a path that tackles climate change, protects the environment, reverses biodiversity loss and ensures the long-term health and security of humankind.” 

On June 5, in honor of World Environment Day, Member State representatives, young climate leaders, United Nations leadership, and civil society partners gathered online for a virtual discussion about recovering better together. The event was co-hosted by the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Team, the United Nations Foundation, Ireland, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, YOUNGO, and The Re-Earth Initiative.

The Youth Choice: Recovering Better Together report was launched as a follow-up to the virtual event to summarize the global input and recommendation made by young people to shape the green recovery post COVID-19. Read the full report here: