July 1

Press Release: New Report Shows How to Use the Sustainable Development Goals to Build Back Better After COVID-19

New York, 30 June 2020 – Today, the Sustainable Development Report (SDR) 2020, including the SDG Index and Dashboards, was released. It was written by lead author Jeffrey Sachs and a team of independent experts working at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Bertelsmann Stiftung, and published by Cambridge University Press.
“The Sustainable Development Goals are needed more than ever. Their bedrock principles of social inclusion, universal access to public services, and global cooperation are the guideposts for fighting Covid-19 as well as for the investment-led recovery the world should adopt to overcome the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. This year’s report focuses on the short-term fight to stop Covid-19 – emphasizing the importance of public health strategies — and on the long-term transformations to guide the recovery phase. As the report shows, there was clear SDG progress before this year’s pandemic. With sound policies and strong global cooperation, we can restore that progress in the coming decade” says Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the SDSN and first author of the report.”
The report outlines the likely short-term impacts of Covid-19 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and describes how the SDGs can frame the recovery. The report also tracks progress by countries towards the SDGs. Since its launch in 2016, this annual report has provided the most up-to-date data to track and rank the performance of all UN member states on the SDGs. As an unofficial monitoring tool, the SDR is complementary to official efforts to monitor the SDGs.
Full report:
Sachs, J., Schmidt-Traub, G., Kroll, C., Lafortune, G., Fuller, G., Woelm, F. (2020): The Sustainable Development Goals and COVID-19. Sustainable Development Report 2020. Cambridge University Press.
The report can be downloaded for free here: Website:
Data visualization:
Photo courtesy of Tai’s Captures

Source: Sustainable Development Solutions Network (link opens in a new window)

Coronavirus, Impact Assessment
public health, SDGs