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ODI Bites: the impacts of Covid-19 on achieving the SDGs

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ODI Bites: the impacts of Covid-19 on achieving the SDGs


Ambassador David Donoghue – Distinguished Fellow, ODI and Former Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations 

Amina Khan @Khan_ODI – Senior Research Officer, Equity and Social Policy, ODI


The integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development poses special challenges for policy-makers worldwide, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been widely noted that prior to this crisis, the world was already falling behind in its efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the commitment to ‘leave no one behind’. Now with Covid-19, reaching these goals is an even greater challenge.

We discuss the likely impacts, focusing particularly on the role of synergies between the Covid-19 response and the Global Goals. We also explore the trade-offs that will occur and potential mitigating mechanisms so that global efforts on achieving the SDGs are not hindered.  

ODI Bites is our new series set on giving you big ideas, easy to digest. We launch a series of online conversations with leading ODI experts, exploring dynamic new research, thought leadership, and responding to global challenges.

Send us your most pressing questions on Twitter @ODIdev, alongside #ODIBites or email ODI Events on the impacts of Covid-19 on the SDGs, ahead of time. The top questions will be answered by our leading experts.