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Sustainable Development Outlook 2020

Achieving SDGs in the Wake of COVID-19 - Scenarios for Policymakers

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The setbacks caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus) need not be permanent, and it is possible to regain the momentum and move ahead towards the SDGs. It is even possible to convert the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity for recovering better, by directing much of the resources earmarked for recovery toward investment in promoting the SDGs. While the impact of COVID-19 for many prosperity-related SDGs was negative, its impact for many planet-related SDGs has been positive: greenhouse gas emissions declined; air and water quality improved; and nature’s regeneration was witnessed in many areas. These opposite impacts revealed that current ways of achieving prosperity conflict with the health of the planet.

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COVID-19: Setbacks, uncertainties and opportunities

COVID-19 has been a tragedy killing more than half a million people and infecting more than ten million worldwide. It has confined hundreds of millions of people, affecting their life and livelihood. It has also brought the economy and life to a standstill in many parts of the world and for a long period. It is sure to have a lasting impact on the world community.

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