Assessing COVID-19 impact on the Sustainable Development Goals
UNDP’s new study conducted with the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver shows that COVID-19 could push the number of people living in extreme poverty to over 1 billion by 2030.
WHAT UNDERPINS THIS ANALYSIS?
The study applies the International Futures tools developed by the Fredrick S. Pardee Center at the University of Denver to understand the potential effects of three scenarios:
- The ‘Baseline COVID’ scenario represents significant pandemic-period increases in poverty and hunger and substantial longer-term negative consequences;
- The ‘High Damage’ scenario describes a future where the economic damage is worse and recovery is delayed;
- The ‘SDG Push’ scenario outlines the impact of targeted policy interventions that can accelerate progress towards a more fair, resilient and green future.
SDG Interventions – HOW DO WE GET THERE?
These interventions are ambitious, even radical, and require behavioural changes on all levels of society. Governments must improve their effectiveness and efficiency. Citizens must change consumption patterns in food, energy and water. And the global collaboration on climate change must improve – including on carbon taxes and fossil fuel subsidies.