Virtual Events on the COVID-19 Challenge

WIPO Director General Public Briefing, April 7: 8:00 am EST

Director General Francis Gurry of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will conduct an on-line public briefing on WIPO’s 2019 results and also discuss how the organization is managing the current crisis.

The broadcast will be available on the WIPO website at

For additional information, please read this notice.

Contact: USCIB Vice President for Innovation & Product Policy Mike Michener (

IOE-ITUC Digital Summit: What Needs to Happen Next, April 2: 2:00pm – 3:30pm (Europe CST)

IOE President Erol Kiresepi and Secretary General Roberto Suárez Santos together with ITUC General-Secretary Sharan Burrow will be joined by:

  • Ahmad Alzahrani, Deputy Minister and Chair of the G20 Employment Working Group
  • Anousheh Karvar, Government Representative to the ILO Governing Body &  Labour & Employment Sherpa to G7-G20
  • Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.

Following the recent Joint Statement by IOE and ITUC, this digital summit will provide an in-depth review of G20 measures to address the pandemic, the French experience in engaging with social partners, the ILO approach to the crisis, an overview of employers and workers priorities as the economic emergency causes severe hardships worldwide. It will also launch a dialogue on the next stage of concrete measures needed to mitigate the impact on the global business community.

Register here for this digital summit.

Business and COVID-19: Business Fights Poverty Briefing with McKinsey and UNDP, March 26: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

We would like to share with you an invitation to join a live webinar hosted by Business Fights Poverty, McKinsey, UNDP and the Connecting Business Initiative on Thursday, March 26 at 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST. The webinar will deep-dive into the impacts, and what action businesses can take, in response to COVID-19, particularly to support those who are most vulnerable in their value chains and in the communities in which they operate. Speakers include:

  • Sahba Sobhani, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Kurt Chauviere, McKinsey
  • Jane Nelson, Harvard University
  • Myriam Sidibe, Harvard University

You can find more information and register here.

IOE Virtual Conference on Private Sector Contribution on Health Emergency Situations, March 26: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CET

To effectively respond cooperation and coordination among international organisations, multilateral actors and the business community is vital. Never have effective public-private partnerships been so necessary. IOE is committed to spearheading efforts to build partnerships, and helping the private sector mitigate the impact of the crisis. As part of our COVID-19 response, IOE is leading a digital conference for its members with the participation of high-level experts including the Director of Public Health from the World Health Organization. The goal is to share with our network the latest information on the evolution of the virus and discuss around best response practices around the world.

The session will provide experts insights on critical questions such as:

What is the current situation and impact in different countries with regards to COVID-19? Which measures can be jointly taken with the private sector to mitigate it? What works, what does not work, based on previous emergency situations like the Ebola outbreak? What are the main challenges and opportunities with collaborating with public-private partnerships?

How are international organisations, specially WHO and ILO currently working with the public-private partnerships in response to Covid-19? What kind of initiatives or campaigns have been launched thus far? What levels of engagement and support have been received?

In preventing future global health crisis, how can they further promote and strengthen public and private partnerships, especially in developing countries, to tackle health related issues and to improve overall public health care systems?


  • Welcome, Roberto Suarez, IOE Secretary-General
  • Maria Neira, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Public Health: In this period of emergency what is WHO’s position and view on private sector and worker collaboration, how it should be conducted to support a good functioning of Health Systems in anticipating coming problems, especially in developing economies where COVID-19 has not yet reached a critical point?
  • Dr Laurent Taymans, Regional Medical Director,International SOS:What are the challenges of private service providers in addressing health-related crises? Where are the boundaries of private sector engagement in emergencies? What are the best practices with regard to private Sector contribution to Health Emergency situations?
  • Joaquim Pintado Nunes, Chief of Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH), International Labour Organization (ILO):How is ILO mobilizing governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and other key partners for creating or strengthening health and safety awareness of what is coming? Is the ILO committed to fostering public-private partnerships and private sector engagement for better anticipation of situations like this in the future and how will it ensure that?

Conclusions, Roberto Suarez, IOE Secretary-General

To join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
You can also dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (786) 535-3211
Access Code: 226-156-741

USCIB Partners with Business Fights Poverty: COVID-19 Challenge Discussion, March 19: 11am – 12 pm EST

On Thursday March 19, USCIB will partner with Business Fights Poverty (BFP) in an online “challenge” discussion, to which you have also been invited, on how business can best deal with the coronavirus challenge – if you wish to participate, please go to and register Mike Michener, VP, Innovation and Product Policy will be joined by USCIB policy staff and representatives of our affiliates: ICC, IOE, and BIAC. Michener is leading USCIB’s international health policy work and more specifically our partnership, along with The USCIB Foundation’s program, Business Partnership for Sustainable Development, with Business Fights Poverty.

More information can be found in this press release (along with highlighted efforts of our affiliates).

Staff Contact:   Kira Yevtukhova

Acting Director of Communications
Tel: 202.617.3160

Kira Yevtukhova manages USCIB’s print and online publications, including the website, e-newsletter and quarterly magazine, and serves as the organization’s digital media strategist. Prior to this role, Kira worked for over five years within USCIB’s Policy Department, focusing on climate change, environment, nutrition, health, and chemicals related policy issues. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and is currently pursuing an MBA at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
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