The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the United Nations member countries as a global effort to protect the planet, ensure the prosperity if its inhabitants and to end poverty in all its forms across the globe.
Even before the pandemic occurred in 2020 progress towards the global goals, in particular to end extreme poverty by 2030, was already facing challenges. With the globe anticipating the worst economic fallout seen since the Great Depression, it seems likely that millions of people will be forced back into poverty after years of steady improvement.
As the economic shock of the pandemic begins to have greater impact, the importance of social protection systems for protecting the poor and vulnerable is more important than ever. There is also the need to create systems for effective disaster preparedness as the world faces increased extreme weather events as the result of global warming.