A New Societal Contract for the Recovery

As part of an OECD Forum series, the virtual event Healthcare in the Digital Age​ took place on Thursday, 3 December.

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This session was an opportunity to reflect on the fact that, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, life had changed significantly in the first two decades of the 21st century as a result of trends such as increasing levels of inequality, disruptions in technology, climate change, globalisation, the financial crisis of 2008 and its recovery. Whilst in the pre-COVID environment, many around the world were urging for a “profound reset”, the current context fundamentally calls for an even deeper reflection on the type of society in which we want to live. This new societal contract will require all stakeholders to join forces to shape our future, and help find solutions to address deep-seated fragilities within our current economies and societies, while seeking to maintain livelihoods and improve people’s lives.

The involvement in society in these moments of all social actors is vital. It ends a year full of trials, and why not recognize sprinkled with events that marked us. So the invitation to be more involved, more alive through words and deeds will undoubtedly lead to the conclusion of a project that of the future. What will the year 2021 bring us? It will be a more sustainable agricultural system, the same topics will be found on the public agenda and how we redefine the future independent of constraints by eliminating barriers. These are not just an invitation to dialogue but a view of the year to come. So let's be contemporary with ourselves, let's make our gals come to life, discover our visions and return to traditions! I wish you all a brave new year in 2021

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