The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world to the core, disturbing the agendas for development, like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), commonly known as the Agenda for Development 2030. On July 7, 2020, UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs launched the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 which gives an insight into the progress on the 17 global goals as determined by the United Nations in 2015. The report gives a very detailed and comprehensive overview of the progress on each goal and also how the pandemic has affected the progress on each one of the global goals.
The SDGs Report 2020 reveals that even before the Covid-19 pandemic, progress on the achievement of the SDGs was uneven and the world was not on the path to achieving the SDGs by 2030. There have been some gains, like the decline in the spread of contagious diseases, the increase in the access to safe drinking water; women empowerment as well as the participation of women in leadership roles has seen progress in the past few years. The table below reveals the key findings.