Summary of A Post-Pandemic Assessment of the Sustainable Development Goals

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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.


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim for improved well-being globally.

In 2015, the SDGs offered a critical blueprint for improving quality of life around the world and helping low-income developing countries (LIDCs) catch up with advanced nations.

But between 2015 and the coronavirus pandemic’s arrival in 2020, the LIDCs had made uneven gains in achieving their targets.

The coronavirus has negatively affected developing countries’ SDG efforts.

The global economic crisis that ensued from the pandemic harmed LIDC and ...

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