Overview: This article states details about the Migration in the Age of Pandemic Debate.
Migration in the age of pandemics event will take place on February 16 at 9:30 a.m. The event will be in a critical debate format. It will take place at Ithaca, New York City. You can go to the Cornell University website to register for the event.
About Migration in the Age of Pandemic Debate
The event is about covered 19th effect on global waves of forced and voluntary migration. The event will be hosted by Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Deputy Director-General, and Sen. Bob Menendez D-NJ Foreign Relations Committee Chair.
The event focuses on how the United States can promote the best public health outcomes while working to protect human rights and address inequality.
The role of debate moderator is served by Dr. Gunisha Kaur. In their own words, “The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has strained the world’s healthcare systems and compounded challenges for governments and NGOs dealing with global waves of forced and voluntary migration. The discussion will explore the geopolitical dimensions, epidemiological aspects, and humanitarian issues of this critical topic and illuminate key issues surrounding public health, migration, and racial and social justice.”
“With a focus on the intersection of mobility, human rights, and public health, the Einaudi Center’s Lund Critical Debate this year brings together one of the world’s leading public health policymakers at the World Health Organization with a United States Senator and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who led the Senate’s efforts to study the consequences of global forced migration. The event will examine the geopolitical dimensions, the epidemiological aspects, and the humanitarian issues of this critical topic. The debate will illuminate key issues surrounding public health, migration, and racial and social justice at stake globally and nationally.
The discussion will explore the geopolitical dimensions, epidemiological aspects, and humanitarian issues of this critical topic and illuminate key issues surrounding public health, migration, and racial and social justice.”
About the speakers
Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab:
Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab is the Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), a United Nations body committed to public health and in charge of responding to health emergencies.
Before her current position, Dr. Jakab held several high-profile national and international public health policy positions. These would include WHO Regional Director for the European Region (2010-2019), Founding Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (2005-2010), and State Secretary at the Hungarian Ministry of Health, Social, and Family Affairs (2002-2005).
This is where she oversaw the country’s preparations for European Union accession in the area of public health.
Sen. Bob Menendez:
Senator Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants, has served in the United States Senate since 2006, representing the state of New Jersey. Senator Menendez has established himself as a foreign policy leader as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
He is striving to do worldwide what he has done in New Jersey: protect the most vulnerable in our society and provide a voice to those least able to speak for themselves.
Under his chairmanship, the group released “Global Forced Migration: The Political Crisis of Our Time” in June 2020. Senator Menendez was instrumental in the passage of the COVID-19 relief packages and other healthcare measures in the Senate, as well as crafting immigration reform initiatives.
Before joining the Senate, he was a member of the House of Representatives.
About Dr. Gunisha Kaur:
Dr. Gunisha Kaur is a human rights researcher and assistant professor of anesthesiology.
Dr. Kaur is the Founder and Medical Director of the Human Rights Impact Lab, as well as a Faculty Fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, where she co-leads the migrations research team.
Dr. Kaur’s study focuses on improving the health of displaced people including migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. She has pioneered the study of human rights using scientific techniques, drawing on her vast expertise and research in neurology.
The National Institutes of Health is now funding her study. Dr. Kaur was chosen as a pioneer in scientific inquiries concerning migrant health. Dr. Kaur was named a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society. Also, she was named a Stephen M. Kellen Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations for her contributions to scientific research on migrant health.
She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in 2006, Weill Cornell Medical College with an M.D. in 2010, and Harvard University with an M.A. in medical anthropology in 2015.
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