The COVID-19 pandemic can be a catalyst towards sustainability thinking


By Hamidreza Rashidi

The UN General Assembly sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to “achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. Not only did the pandemic take the limelight off the SDGs in most countries, but it also removed these goals in the short term from partial and general planning at both national and international levels. Despite how the pandemic has disrupted our lives in so many ways, it may be very timely to assess why the SDGs were so ineffective in the critical situation the pandemic presented. Considering the enormous global resources and logistics behind their development, it needs to be asked why this situation existed.

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