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UN’s Mohieldin says SDGs are a framework for response and recovery

The United Nations Special Envoy for financing the 2030 Agenda tells Euromoney how the Sustainable Development Goals can help us ‘build back better’.



When the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 framework was launched in 2015, preparation for the challenges of the future was firmly in mind. Within SDG3 (health), the sub-category of pandemic preparation was included, but few people perhaps imagined the impact of a global pandemic.

“We have two battles to deal with right now: the impact of Covid-19 on health and life, and the recession,” says Mahmoud Mohieldin, United Nations Special Envoy for financing the 2030 Agenda. “But there are other crises we must try to avoid at all costs. The first is a food crisis, which hopefully we can avoid because we have had good harvests, and the second is a debt crisis.”

Speaking during a recent Euromoney Livestream event, he said greater attention to the SDGs should have been paid, before adding that there are different ways of viewing the goals.

“One [view] is that they are nice goals; nobody would disagree about having better education, better health, better access to water or electricity, ending poverty or having a more inclusive world,” he pointed out.

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