CONTEXT, DECADE OF ACTION
"The pandemic has taken four million lives and devastated the global economy. It
continues to inflict profound suffering, especially on the most vulnerable people. While
some countries plan for recovery, the pandemic is gathering pace in others. As my latest
report to this forum indicates, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on
progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Rather than progress, we are moving farther away from our goals. Global poverty is now
expected to be at seven percent by 2030 – only marginally below the level in 2015. And
with the global temperature increase already at 1.2 degrees, we are on the verge of the
abyss. I continue to believe that we can and must turn this around. We have the
knowledge, the science, the technology, and the resources to do so. We have some
inspiring examples of transformative change, including during this pandemic. What we
need is unity of purpose; effective leadership from all sectors; and urgent, ambitious
action. To end the pandemic everywhere and get the SDGs back on track, I am calling for
In advanced economies, fiscal stimulus packages have reached nearly 28 percent of GDP.
In middle-income countries, this figure drops to 6.5 percent; in least developed
countries, to 1.8 percent. Many developing countries cannot afford to invest in response
or recovery, because of crippling interest payments and reduced opportunities to raise
taxes. By delaying a strong global recovery, this liquidity crisis could end up costing
the world trillions of dollars and create new geographical hotspots of poverty and
deprivation. Solidarity and self-interest dictate that advanced economies should extend
an economic lifeline.
Let us renew our determination to build a strong, sustainable and inclusive recovery
from the pandemic, and to take decisive action together to defeat the climate crisis and
keep the promise of the 2030 Agenda."
António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations
On the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals'