The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals were not just aspirational but seemed achievable when they were first announced in 2015. But the coronavirus pandemic has upended the process, and meeting the originally envisaged completion date of 2030 appears increasingly unlikely for some countries. In this sobering analysis, IMF experts dissect the progress made and obstacles faced, and they advise that, to recover the progress lost to COVID-19, the public and private sectors will need to offer resources and advance reforms critical to economic growth.
About the Authors
Dora Benedek, Edward Gemayel, Abdelhak Senhadji and Alexander Tieman are professionals with the IMF.