The COVID-19 crisis is taking a grim toll on human lives across the globe. Although the complete impact is yet to be fully comprehended, the risk the pandemic is exposing for gains made towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is becoming evident. What this global emergency is also revealing, is that these 17 goals are, in fact, our best option to recover better and to overcome similar crises in the future.
A third of the way into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, what progress have we made? How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted SDG progress and what are the perspectives for recovery? The 2020 Sustainable Development Goals Report, to be launched on 7 July will try to answer these questions, as the world gathers at the virtual High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) for two weeks of critical discussions on the future of the SDGs.