Sustainable development report shows devastating impact of COVID, ahead of ‘critical’ new phase

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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021, launched connected Tuesday astatine UN Headquarters successful New York, shows the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken connected the 2030 Agenda, arsenic the landmark yearly High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) officially got underway. Read our curtain-raiser communicative here.

Gains rolled back

In summation to the astir 4 cardinal deaths owed to the coronavirus, betwixt 119-124 cardinal radical were pushed backmost into poorness and chronic hunger, and the equivalent of 255 cardinal full-time jobs were lost, the study indicates.

“The pandemic has halted, oregon reversed, years, oregon adjacent decades of improvement progress. Global utmost poorness roseate for the archetypal clip since 1998”, said UN Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin, during the launch.

Moreover, disruptions to indispensable wellness services person threatened years of advancement successful improving maternal and kid health, expanding immunization coverage, and reducing communicable and non-communicable diseases. Around 90% of countries are inactive reporting 1 oregon much important disruptions to indispensable wellness services.

Small-scale farmers successful  Tanzania are receiving enactment    to amended   nutrient  information    successful  the look   of the COVID-19 pandemic.

IFAD/Joanne Levitan

Small-scale farmers successful Tanzania are receiving enactment to amended nutrient information successful the look of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acute inequalities

The study besides indicates that the pandemic has exposed and intensified inequalities wrong and betwixt countries.

As of 17 June, astir 68 vaccine shots were administered for each 100 radical successful Europe and Northern America - compared with less than two, successful sub-Saharan Africa.

Millions of children hazard ne'er returning to school; portion rising numbers person been forced into kid matrimony and kid labour. With trillions of tourist dollars lost during the pandemic shutdowns, the illness of planetary tourism has disproportionally impacted struggling Small Island Developing States.

“The poorest and astir susceptible proceed to beryllium astatine greater hazard of becoming infected by the microorganism and person borne the brunt of the economical fallout”, highlighted Mr. Liu.

While an economical betterment is nether way, led by China and the United States, successful galore different countries, economical maturation is not expected to instrumentality to pre-pandemic levels earlier 2022 oregon 2023.

African elephants are listed arsenic  susceptible  by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), arsenic  the animals are poached for their ivory tusks.

UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch

African elephants are listed arsenic susceptible by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), arsenic the animals are poached for their ivory tusks.

Climate and biodiversity challenges

The study besides confirms what UN agencies specified arsenic the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) person been sounding the alarm over: the economical slowdown successful 2020 did small to dilatory the clime crisis, which continues mostly unabated.

Concentrations of large greenhouse gases continued to increase, portion the planetary mean somesthesia was astir 1.2°C supra pre-industrial levels, dangerously adjacent to the 1.5°C threshold, established successful the Paris Agreement.

The satellite fell abbreviated arsenic good connected 2020 targets to halt biodiversity nonaccomplishment and a reversal of the 10 cardinal hectares of wood which was mislaid each year, betwixt 2015-2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has besides adversely affected advancement towards sex equality. Violence against women and girls has intensified, kid matrimony is expected to increase, and women person suffered a disproportionate stock of occupation losses and accrued attraction responsibilities astatine home.

Meanwhile, planetary flows of overseas nonstop concern fell by 40% successful 2020 compared to 2019. The papers shows the pandemic has brought immense fiscal challenges, particularly for processing countries – with a important emergence successful indebtedness distress.

Brighter aboriginal inactive possible

“This study paints a worrying representation regarding the authorities of the SDGs. Yet, it besides highlights stories of resilience, adaptability and innovation during the crisis, which bespeak a brighter aboriginal is possible”, underscored Mr. Liu.

He added that determination are signs that countries are taking steps nether their betterment plans, that could amended SDG action, and that the adjacent 18 months are critical.

According to the report, to get the SDGs backmost connected track, governments, cities, businesses and industries person to usage the betterment to follow low-carbon, resilient and inclusive improvement pathways that volition trim c emissions, conserve earthy resources, make amended jobs, beforehand sex equality and tackle increasing inequities

“We are astatine a captious juncture successful quality history. The decisions and actions we instrumentality contiguous volition person momentous consequences for aboriginal generations. Lessons learned from the pandemic volition assistance america emergence to existent and aboriginal challenges”, Mr. Liu urged.

The Under-Secretary General explained that the upcoming months volition find whether the COVID-19 situation serves arsenic a ‘much-needed wake-up call’.

“The planetary community, archetypal and foremost, needs to guarantee equitable entree to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. This is simply a captious measurement that tin genuinely spur a decennary of action”.

High Level Political Forum

The 2030 Agenda, adopted by each United Nations Member States successful 2015, provides a shared blueprint for bid and prosperity for radical and the planet, present and into the future.

At its bosom are the 17 Global Goals, to amended wellness and education, trim inequality, and spur economical maturation – each portion tackling clime alteration and moving to sphere our oceans and forests.

The motorboat of the 2021 SDG report coincides with the commencement of the HLPF on Tuesday. The lawsuit is the halfway UN level for follow-up and reappraisal of the 2030 Agenda.

The gathering volition proceed done July 15th, nether the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This includes the three-day ministerial gathering that started today.

The ministers volition sermon ways to guarantee a sustainable and resilient betterment from COVID-19 that puts the satellite connected way to recognize the 2030 Agenda. 43 countries volition besides contiguous their voluntary nationalist reviews of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The gathering volition enactment the spotlight connected 9 Global Goals this year: ending poverty, zero hunger, improving health, decent work, reducing inequalities, liable depletion and production; clime action, sustaining peace, and gathering partnerships. 

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