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Insight of the Week: A Majority of Sustainability Experts Believe the Pandemic Has Slowed Progress on the SDGs

Insight of the Week
09/04/2021
Tove Malmqvist

A Majority of Sustainability Experts Believe the Pandemic Has Slowed Progress on the SDGs

Impact of the Pandemic on the Sustainable Development Goals,
% of Sustainability Experts, 2021

Over half of sustainability experts feel that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially among academics and NGO leaders. Conversely, more than a third of experts feel that the pandemic has accelerated progress on the SDGs.

This implies added pressure on the “Decade of Action” to fulfill the SDGs by 2030 and even greater expectations of governments and business to make up progress post-pandemic.

Notes:

  • Question wording: How will the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts affect society’s progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the coming decade?
  • Data source: GlobeScan / SustainAbility Survey of over 500 experts representing business, government, NGOs and academia across 75 countries.

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