Dealing with interlinkages: a focused approach for implementing the SDGs and overcoming the COVID-19 crisis

Scholz, Imme / Adolf Kloke-Lesch / Robert Lepenies / Alex Goday-Faúndez / Felix Moronta Barrios / Anet Režek Jambrak / Armand Ketcha Malan Kablan / Tolu Oni / Moritz Riede / Yoko Shimpuku / Teresa Stoepler
External Publications (2020)

in: T20 Saudi Arabia, Policy Brief, Online


In 2020 and beyond, the Group of Twenty (G20) must invigorate its implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Both challenges are global in nature and require a universal, integrated, and transformative response. Thus, the G20 should: (1) reorient its political agenda following the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report’s proposal of six entry points for transformation, and focus on the “economy and finance” and “science and technology” levers; (2) reshape its working structures accordingly; (3) act collectively toward a science-based direction for sustainable development; and (4) ensure that the response and recovery measures regarding the COVID-19 crisis follow the spirit of the 2030 Agenda, and are conducive to achieving its sustainable development goals.

About the authors

Scholz, Imme



Kloke-Lesch, Adolf

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