David Milliband heads Covid-19 panel

FORMER Foreign Secretary David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, is heading an online panel discussion examining the impacts of Covid-19 on developing countries. The event on Thursday 2nd July is being hosted by BBC chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet.

Others taking part are film-maker Waad al-Kateab, Dr Hamza al-Kateab, Syrian doctor and director of AlQudes Hospital in Aleppo, and Dr Weeda Mehran, assistant professor) at the Department of Politics and the director of MA in conflict, security and development of the University of Exeter. The event, beginning at 6pm, is arranged by Agile Rabbit, a partner of the University of Exeter, which normally holds discussions at the city’s Phoenix Arts Centre.

Waad al-Kateab made the BAFTA and Oscar-nominated film For Sama, which documented the life of her family during the siege of Aleppo. She reports for Channel 4 News on Covid-19.

Those who sign up for the event will be able to submit questions to the panel. It is likely the discussion will focus on areas of the world suffering from conflict, such as Syria. As well as health, the discussion is likely to consider the impacts of low oil prices, restrictions on the movement of people, decreased tourism and a depressed export market.

Agile Rabbit co-founder Dr Kate Baker, Research Fellow in the Centre for Water Systems, says: “With negative effects to our own lives, it’s easy to forget that the most adverse repercussions of the pandemic will be felt in other parts of the world. This event presents an unusual opportunity for members of the public to interact directly with a diverse panel of huge integrity and experience.”

Other upcoming events include a talk from a director of David Attenborough’s Dynasties series. Register to participate in the event at agile-rabbit.com

Pictured: David Miliband and Waad al-Kateab.