2nd Conference on State Fragility: Pandemics, Vaccination and Solidarity - Implications in Fragile Countries

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global threat and has a disproportionate impact on Fragile Countries, particularly those affected by conflicts, which are already the farthest left behind. The g7+ members issued a joint Statement of Solidarity and Cooperation asking for immediate actions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on people in Fragile Countries with vulnerable communities, Internally Displaced People (IDPs), and refugees. 

This conference will explore why national efforts have to be matched by international cooperation and solidarity to a successful fight against COVID-19 as well as to a fast-track vaccination of the world population, with a particular emphasis in countries affected by conflict and violence.

This global event will count with the participation of 19 speakers from 13 countries, including current and former members of governments, multilateral entities, academia, the private sector, media and civil society.



With access to simultaneous translation of English and Portuguese.
Registration is free but mandatory with limited availability.



All audio will be in English, without interpretation or subtitles.
No prior registration required.


Working languages: English and Portuguese

Questions and commentaries can be posted to both platforms. 

Registered participants (at statefragility2021.digitalstream.pt) may request a certificate after the conference is finished.
Please send your request to g7plus.secretariat@gmail.com






Francis Kai-Kai, Minister of Planning and Economic Development of Sierra Leone and Chair of g7+, Freetown

Pekka Haavisto, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Helsinki

João Ribeiro de Almeida, President of Camões I.P., Lisbon


Special Session
International Solidarity Towards Fragile Countries 

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What is the role for international cooperation in defeating pandemics and guaranteeing a free and quick vaccination in fragile countries and vulnerable communities?

David Cameron, Co-Chair of the Council on State Fragility, former Prime-Minister of the United Kingdom, London

Moderated by
Luísa Meireles, Editor in Chief of LUSA, the Portuguese News Agency, Lisbon


Geopolitics and Diplomacy of the Pandemic

How do the pandemic and the global vaccination impact on geopolitics and diplomacy? Were violent conflicts contained, or did they diminish in fragile countries?

Luís Amado, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the EDP Group Company, former Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Lisbon 

Xanana Gusmão, Eminent Person of the g7+, former President and Prime-Minister of East-Timor, Dili

Jorge Moreira da Silva, Director of the Development Directorate, OECD, former Minister of Environment, Territorial Planning and Energy of Portugal, Paris 

Adela Raz, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations and the United States, New York and Washington

Moderated by
Bárbara Reis, Editor-at-Large, Público newspaper, Lisbon 


Economic Impacts of the Pandemic in Fragile Countries

How are fragile countries’ economies being disrupted by the pandemic? Is this a window for change in economic growth? What is the role for public, private and donors’ initiatives?

Jorge Thompson Araujo, Practice Manager for Macroeconomics (Latin America and the Caribbean), World Bank, Washington

Clara Brandi, Head of Programme Transformation of Economic and Social Systems, German Development Institute, Berlin

Olivier Kamitatu Etsu, Politician, former Head of Parliament and Minister of Planning of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa

Paulo Gomes, AfroChampions Co-Chair, Chairman of Orango Investment Corporation,

Moderated by
Ricardo Alexandre, Deputy Director and International Affairs Editor, TSF radio, Lisbon


Implications of Pandemics and Vaccination on the Public Health Systems of Fragile Countries

Is free, global vaccination guaranteed? How to reinforce public health systems in fragile countries? Is it possible to increase vaccine production without a patents’ waiver?

Olivier Bailly, Head of the EU Task Force on Vaccine Strategy, Brussels

Wilhelmina Jallah, Minister of Health of Liberia, Monrovia

Alex de Jonquières, Director of Health Systems & Immunisation Strengthening at Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, Geneva

Céline Mias, Vice-President of CONCORD, Director of CARE International’s EU Office, Brussels

Moderated by
Helena Tecedeiro, Executive Editor, Diário de Notícias newspaper, Lisbon



Francisco Seixas da Costa, Chairman of the Club of Lisbon

Hélder da Costa, General Secretary of the g7+

Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal





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