Recovering from COVID-19: the importance of investing in global public goods for health


COVID-19 and a primer on shock-responsive social protection systems


Responding to COVID-19 and Recovering Better is a compilation volume of UN DESA’s policy brief series released during the period of April-June, focusing on the economic and social impact of COVID-19.


It presents detailed analysis and solid evidence needed for effective decision-making on a number of critical social and economic issues. It also presents key policy recommendations to support the Secretary-General's initiatives in response to COVID-19 and help the international community to navigate the policy choices ahead.




Global macroeconomic outlook and the impact of fiscal and monetary policy response​

As the pandemic hit and the socio-economic impacts began to unfold, UN DESA kept a keen eye on the macroeconomic impacts, projecting global and regional contractions. In support of countries struggling to shore-up their healthcare systems while keeping their people and economies afloat, the Department put forward key recommendations for fiscal policy to buttress these efforts and slow the trajectory of the negative effects.


COVID-19 and sovereign debt


Corona crisis causes turmoil in financial markets


Addressing the social crisis through fiscal stimulus plans


Macroeconomic impact on both developing and developed countries

As the economic impacts rippled across the world, reaching some corners even faster than the virus itself, UN DESA detailed the real and potential impacts on countries in special situations. Beyond ensuring access to essential goods for landlocked developing countries and small island countries, the Department’s analysis put forth key recommendations for policies that would not only buttress impact now, but springboard future development on a more sustainable and resilient trajectory.


COVID-19 poses grievous economic challenge to landlocked developing countries


COVID-19 pandemic deals a huge blow to the manufacturing exports from LDCs


COVID-19 and the least developed countries



The COVID-19 pandemic puts Small Island Developing economies in dire straits


The COVID-19 pandemic: A speedy and balanced recovery of Europe will remain critical for the world to return to the trajectory of sustainable development


Commodity-dependent economies face mounting economic challenge as the pandemic ravages developed countries


Social impact: Inequality and vulnerable groups

The COVID-19 and its economic impacts shook the world along existing fault lines of exclusion, inequality and disadvantage, revealing deep set gaps access to essential services and secure livelihoods among social groups in many societies. In addressing these issues, UN DESA gave particular attention to the impact of the crises on older persons, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and youth, providing recommendations for ensuring that policies or response and recovery address effective inclusion of these disproportionately impacted members of society.


The Impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples


The COVID-19 crisis through the disability and gender lens


COVID-19 and Older Persons: A Defining Moment for an Informed, Inclusive and Targeted Response



Protecting and mobilizing youth in COVID-19 responses


Responses to the COVID-19 catastrophe could turn the tide on inequality


The Role of science, technology and governance for effective policy responses

Science and technology have played a critical role, not only in understanding the virus itself, but in enabling continuing productivity and education, for those with access, as countries locked down and many activities began to be undertaken remotely. UN DESA policy briefs showed the need for a better science-policy-society interface and more effective governance, in order to ensure the best science and technology is available in crisis response and recovery. More generally, the briefs also called for improved state-people relationships through increased transparency and accountability in public institutions.


The role of public service and public servants during the COVID-19 pandemic


COVID-19: Reaffirming State-People Governance Relationships


Resilient institutions in times of crisis: transparency, accountability and participation at the national level key to effective response to COVID-19



The COVID-19 pandemic: a wake-up call for better cooperation at the science-policy-society interface


COVID-19: Embracing digital government during the pandemic and beyond


Working together for effective recovery

As countries begin to recover from COVID-19, coherent and comprehensive actions aligned with the 2030 Agenda can place the world on a robust trajectory towards achieving sustainable development. Responses must be oriented toward the future and avoid a return to “business as usual” activities with coordinated national actions and re-invigorated global partnerships for development.


Forests: at the heart of a green recovery from COVID-19 pandemic


Achieving the SDGs through the COVID-19 response and recovery


How can investors move from greenwashing to SDG-enabling



The impact of COVID-19 on sport, physical activity and well-being and its effects on social development


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