The Asahi Shimbun will jointly host with the World Economic Forum an online session on mitigating the damage from the COVID-19 pandemic during the WEF’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020 scheduled for Sept. 21-24.

A total of about 40 sessions will be held in seven areas, and the Asahi will co-host the session titled “COVID-19 Outlook” in the Healthy Futures area on Sept. 21.

The discussion will take place from 10:15 p.m. until 11 p.m. (Japan time), 3:15 p.m. until 4 p.m. (CEST).

The moderator will be Hiroko Kuniya, executive director of The Asahi Shimbun’s SDGs Project.

The panelists scheduled to participate in the session include an official responsible for vaccine programs at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, an international organization representative in charge of COVID-19 issues, and a financial industry official involved in SDGs-related investments.

The panelists will discuss what measures are needed from public- and private-sector leaders to protect lives and livelihoods against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed thousands of lives and greatly damaged economies and societies around the world.

The session will be streamed live at the following link:

Further information about the online summit can be obtained at the following website: