2020 will be remembered as a year of massive global disruption and upheaval. The COVID-19 pandemic has strained our health systems, jolted the global economy, and frayed our social fabric. Additionally, the protests and calls for racial equality in the U.S. ignited a movement to dismantle systematic racism that reached across the globe.
The overlapping crises of 2020 have also created an opportunity to reset, reimagine, and rebuild existing systems for a more equitable future. Those in the global development community are responding to urgent needs and re-evaluating their role in the world.
And, we already have a roadmap for this work – the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each goal lays out specific targets to achieve a common vision. The pandemic has upended progress on many of these targets, and it is up to us chart a new, more equitable course of action for our future.