Far from being the ‘great equaliser’, COVID-19 has exposed deep structural inequalities, with profound human rights implications. What lessons can the international community take forward to tackle the injustices in our societies?
COVID-19 has threatened to overwhelm health systems worldwide. What lessons can we learn about how to achieve ‘good health and well-being for all’?
2020 has highlighted the value of resilience and the importance of preparing adequately for risks. What can we learn from previous crises to prepare us for climate change?
The pandemic threatens to undo recent gains in access to learning, damage the long-term prospects of millions, and push the goal of equitable, quality education for all beyond reach. Governments must urgently prioritise education as part of their pandemic response, with a focus on protecting marginalised groups
COVID-19 has cruelly exposed the weaknesses in nations’ social protection systems. We must urgently learn from this crisis to better protect people, both from the pandemic fallout and from future crises
COVID-19 has had devastating effects on older people. The pandemic shows us that building back better must be about creating inclusive, healthy societies for all ages
Climate action is like a blustery day: the sun breaks through, only to be blocked by the next cloud on the horizon. Will COVID-19 hurt or help climate goals?
Population-dense urban areas have been worst hit by the pandemic in terms of damage to health and economy. How can we make urban living safer and more resilient?
Carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxides and other emissions fell by 10–30 per cent globally between February and June during the lockdown, and the health benefits were immediate
The world's most biodiverse country faces a climate catastrophe and deepening inequalities between its communities
Lebanon hosts the world’s highest number of displaced persons per capita. With conflict in Syria now in its 10th year, it hosts an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees as well as more than 200,000 Palestinian refugees
While global cooperation after the 2008 financial crisis avoided total economic meltdown, not all actions had the desired results. How can we build back better this time?
The UN projects 265 million people face severe food insecurity due to COVID-19. Through Action Africa, 250,000 farmers can now provide food for one million people in East Africa, while millions more are connecting to ongoing advice through Yara’s groundbreaking new digital platform
None of us will be safe from coronavirus until all people – not just those in rich countries – can access safe and effective vaccines. As with the work needed to achieve the SDGs, tackling COVID-19 demands nothing less than an urgent and genuinely multilateral effort involving all nations
From fears over 5G to false claims of miracle cures, coronavirus myths have too often spread faster than the virus itself. Governments and platforms must take tougher action to tackle this ‘other’ threat to public health
As the pandemic shows, governments cannot effectively tackle big problems without good data. But it also shows that we must vastly improve how we gather, share and act on data
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some world leaders have further instrumentalised the supposed tensions between advancing national interests and protecting global goods. We must find new ways of cooperating that encourage countries to pursue both
A focus on poverty and a dynamic civil society are critical to aid effectiveness and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals
Our post-pandemic world must be built on sustainable foundations, not compromised by excessive haste to ‘return to normal’
Around the world, the pandemic is rendering once-safe jobs potentially unviable. What must governments do to keep the ambition of full, productive and decent employment for all alive?
If so, can we fix it in time to achieve the SDGs? Or is the Decade of Action time to replace capitalism with a new economic system altogether?
If countries were struggling to finance the necessary transformations to achieve the SDGs, COVID-19 has only made the situation worse. How can the international community encourage safer borrowing mechanisms, with a greater role for private credit, to bridge the shortfall?
Sustainability is in Liechtenstein’s DNA, and is critical to the success of its world-renowned financial centre – both today and for generations to come
The protests sparked by the death of George Floyd have shone a light on the human rights abuses still rife in even the most developed economies. In this Decade of Action, can we finally end racial inequality?
Early hopes that the pandemic might shock the world into cleaner, greener, less wasteful economic models may have faded. Yet there is still time to ensure that COVID-19 is the springboard for transitioning to a circular economy
Protecting biodiversity is not just about ethics. Prosperity depends on healthy, sustainable biosystems
As COVID-19 underlines, energy can be the difference between life and death. We must rapidly ramp up progress to ensure everyone has access to this fundamental resource
The first decade of human rights to water and sanitation has brought good progress to the sector. At the same time, the pandemic underlines the need for clean water and sanitation for human well-being – and where that need is still not being met. We must do more to ensure the human rights to water and sanitation translate into leaving no one behind
Achieving Agenda 2030 requires us all to have the knowledge, skills and desire to take action to live our lives more sustainably
The pandemic is yet another warning sign of humanity living at odds with the resources of our planet. Either we follow a new path to a sustainable future, or nature will change it for us
Origin Green is improving sustainability across all dimensions of Ireland’s food supply chain
Global lockdown exposes the urgent need to transform our fragile, unsustainable food systems – or billions more will go hungry