While COVID-19 dominated lives and the attention of global institutions, other development emergencies worsened. The UN Sustainable Development Goals around poverty, education, food security, and sanitation have been sidelined while the pandemic response has taken priority.
An inequitable pandemic response has also diverted efforts to address other health priorities such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and maternal and child health. Stretched resources threaten to keep these concerns on the backburner and the new geopolitical context makes it even more urgent to have a clear plan of action to focus scarce collective efforts.
This event provides a state-of-play on development after COVID in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It examines how governments and global institutions can combat potential backsliding and what the pandemic has taught the world about effective and equitable global collaboration.
The panel discuss questions including:
How has the pandemic affected the promotion of healthy lives and well-being?
What has the response to COVID-19 taught the world about how to meet enormous development challenges?
Is there a need to ‘catch-up’ to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
How might that happen?
This event forms part of Chatham House’s work on Realizing Sustainability.