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Maintaining the momentum of achieving SDG targets post-COVID-19

  • Zuzy Anna

    Bandung

Bandung   /   Wed, July 29 2020   /  01:00 am
Impacted by COVID-19 pandemic: Based on the 2020 Sustainable Development Report, the COVID-19 pandemic, in the short term, is expected to have the potential to cause severe negative impacts on most SDGs, specifically SDG 1 (ending poverty), SDG 2 (ending hunger), SDG 3 (achieving health and wellbeing) and SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth).(./.)

Today we are facing an implausible pandemic that has affected the lives of the entire population. The economy is slowing, if not stagnating; it is like an invisible hand suddenly pressing the pause button. The pandemic has also put the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) global agenda in jeopardy. Even before COVID-19 struck, many had cast doubt over whether all the goals would be achieved in 2030 as targeted when the SDGs were launched during the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. Economics professor William Esterly from New York University quipped that SDGs could be abbreviated to "senseless, dreamy, garbled". In one of its reports, The Economist describes SDGs as "sprawling and misconceived, […] unfeasibly expensive" costing US$2 trillion to $3 trillion per year and are impossible to realize. In fact, many say the SDGs are utopian and a...