The COVID-19 crisis constitutes an unprecedented challenge for Europe and the world. While the pandemic is threatening progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it has at the same time shown the importance for their effective implementation. The extent of this crisis increases even further the urgency of ending poverty, halting climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as other environmental degradation, and building more inclusive and prosperous societies. Now is therefore the time to renew and strengthen our commitment to the SDGs. The full implementation of the 2030 Agenda is crucial for guiding our path to recovery, strengthening resilience and preparing the world for future crises.
The EU side-event will assess the challenges posed by the economic and social recovery that the European Union and the world are facing, notably the need to shift to a new growth model. This new paradigm will entail a reshaping of the relationship between the economy, the environment, and people’s needs. The event will also take stock of EU action on sustainable development, underscoring its whole government approach, the global perspectives for recovery and the need for a strong global partnership, and look ahead to the opportunities and how to best address the many interconnected challenges of a sustainable recovery at all levels.