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COVID-19 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Threat to Solidarity or an Opportunity?

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European School of Sustainability Science and Research, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Ulmenliet 20, D-21033 Hamburg, Germany
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Department of Natural Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD, UK
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Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEAR), Postgraduate Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering (PPGEng), University of Passo Fundo (UPF), Passo Fundo 99052900, Brazil
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The Business School, University of Winchester, Winchester SO22 5HT, UK
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Faculty of Finance and Management, WSB University in Wrocław, ul. Fabryczna 29-31, 53-609 Wrocław, Poland
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Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5343; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135343
Received: 27 May 2020 / Revised: 17 June 2020 / Accepted: 17 June 2020 / Published: 1 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Education for Sustainability)
COVID-19, as a pandemic, is impacting institutions around the world. Its scope and economic dimensions also mean that it poses a major threat towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This article discusses how the coronavirus pandemic may influence the SDGs and could affect their implementation. The methods used entail an analysis of the literature, observations and an assessment of current world trends. The results obtained point out that, while COVID-19 has become a priority to many health systems in developing nations, they still need to attend to many other existing diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and others. Further, the study shows that strong concerns in dealing with COVID-19 are disrupting other disease prevention programs. As a result, problems such as mental health are also likely to be overlooked, since the isolation of social distancing may mask or lead to an increase in the percentage of suffers. The paper suggests that, due to its wide scope and areas of influence, COVID-19 may also jeopardize the process of the implementation of the SDGs. It sends a cautious warning about the need to continue to put an emphasis on the implementation of the SDGs, so that the progress achieved to date is not endangered. View Full-Text
Keywords: SDGs implementation; COVID-19 pandemic economic impact; UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs implementation; COVID-19 pandemic economic impact; UN Sustainable Development Goals
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Leal Filho, W.; Brandli, L.L.; Lange Salvia, A.; Rayman-Bacchus, L.; Platje, J. COVID-19 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Threat to Solidarity or an Opportunity? Sustainability 2020, 12, 5343. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135343

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Leal Filho W, Brandli LL, Lange Salvia A, Rayman-Bacchus L, Platje J. COVID-19 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Threat to Solidarity or an Opportunity? Sustainability. 2020; 12(13):5343. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135343

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Leal Filho, Walter; Brandli, Luciana L.; Lange Salvia, Amanda; Rayman-Bacchus, Lez; Platje, Johannes. 2020. "COVID-19 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Threat to Solidarity or an Opportunity?" Sustainability 12, no. 13: 5343. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135343

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