Development Policy and Multilateralism after COVID-19

Committee for Development Policy (CDP) - Policy Note

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This Policy Note assembles analysis by members of the UN Committee for Development Policy and their co-authors on different angles of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis and the challenges and opportunities it presents for development policy and multilateralism. The document addresses, among other issues: new ways of designing the relationship between governments and private actors that puts public interest at the center; principles and concrete ideas for a multilateral response to COVID-19 as well as for a new multilateralism going forward; and how to respond to COVID-19 in a context of severe inequalities, including gender-based inequalities.




The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably added to the challenges of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, it has made it even more evident that meeting the Goals in all countries—developing and developed—is a matter of urgency. The pandemic has also sharpened our awareness of global interdependence and of the importance of our collective pledge to leave no one behind. The profound changes that are needed in our economies and societies demand new ways of thinking about development policy and multilateralism.


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