SDGs Today

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Rising to the challenges and opportunities
of a once-in-a-century pandemic


The coronavirus pandemic has torn a hole through
and shown us how closely health and a
sustainable future are linked.

We have ten years to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—humanity’s blueprint for a
sustainable and just future—and COVID-19 is a formidable roadblock.

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Peru / Monica

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Aurélia Rusek

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Sri Lanka

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An estimated 71-100

people are expected to be pushed back into extreme poverty in 2020.

Yet even before the pandemic emerged, the world was not on track to meet

Sustainable Development Goal 3

  • No poverty zero hunger
  • good health and well being quality education
  • gender equality clean water and sanitation
  • affortable and clean energy decent work and economic growth
  • industry, innovation and infrastructure reduced inequalities
  • sustainable cities and communities responsible consumption and production
  • climate action life below water
  • life on land peace, justice and strong insitutions
  • Partnerships for the goals SDG logo

And its effects are spilling over onto the efforts to treat other diseases.

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Angola / Cynthia R. Matonhodze

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Angola / Cynthia R. Matonhodze


It has seriously affected the AIDS response and
could disrupt it more.

A recent survey by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria found that 85 percent of
HIV programmes in 106 countries reported
disruptions . And sex workers, transgender men
and women, people who use drugs and gay men
have lost livelihoods, faced violence, and often are
scapegoated as the transmitters of COVID-19.

The Global Fund has made up to US$1 billion available to help fight
coronavirus, but HIV and tuberculosis resources are being repurposed for
the pandemic.


A rapid assessment in India
indicated an almost

80% Decline

in daily tuberculosis notifications in April.

As many as


Could miss out on their measles vaccination .


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Iraq / Abdullah Dhiaa Al-Deen