Knowledge Note

"It is important to work in an emergency mode to respond to the health impact, but also to keep the focus on the longer term, building resilience and using the 2030 Agenda as a roadmap."

COVID-19 is having a profound effect on the socio-economic development of countries and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development undermining SDG progress and exacerbating already existing inequalities and exclusion.  A variety of mitigation measures are being put in place, through great efforts, and at great cost, to address the impact of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of future crises, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable people and countries. It is important to work in an emergency mode to respond to the health impact, but also to keep the focus on the longer term, building resilience and using the 2030 Agenda as a roadmap. Multilateralism and global solidarity are essential to building back better by responding to COVID-19 in a way that supports the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, bolsters results, and addresses gaps in sustainable development. 

This document is UN/DESA (United Nations/ Department of Economic and Social Affairs Economic Analysis) Policy brief #85, October 2020 edition.