Chapter 06

A Global
Stress Test


COVID-19 is a stress test. It has revealed that many societies are ill-equipped
to fight the future pandemics that experts warn are almost certainly on their
way, due to the destruction of nature.

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We must fight pandemics, and the inequalities they reveal, and
renew our commitment to make the natural world our ally.

UNDP is renewing its commitment to radically re-thinking development,
using the tipping points as an opportunity to turn the pandemic—the
greatest reversal of human development—into a historic leap forward, with
the Sustainable Development Goals as our compass.