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Effects of COVID-19 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – article


“Global crises caused by the pandemic of COVID-19, since early 2020, can compromise the world commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Authors: Kalterina Shulla · Bernd‑Friedrich Voigt · Stefan Cibian · Giuseppe Scandone · Edna Martinez · Filip Nelkovski · Pourya Salehi

The article discusses critical aspects of the global pandemic for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More precisely, the authors analyzed how the new circumstances created by the pandemic have affected the interdependencies between several SDGs. 

Following a general reflection on the pandemic’s impact on the SDGs and a synopsis of the current literature, the study focuses on effects regarding SDG3 (Health & Well-Being), SDG4 (Quality Education), SDG8 (Decent Work & Economic Growth), SDG12 (Consumption & Production), and SDG13 (Climate Action). Observations reveal a unique pattern of interconnectedness between SDGs that can be related to COVID-19 consequences. 

Departments: Society, Crisis and Resilience Program, Policy Analysis and Outreach Department, Research Department

Regions: Europe, Global 

Themes: Sustainable Development Goals, International Development, Philanthropy and Community Development, Education, Economy and Trade, Health and Health Policy, Environment and Climate Change

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