Another Victim of COVID-19: Sustainable Development

A woman wearing a mask and gloves waits outside a soup kitchen run by nuns in Caracas, Venezuela, April 30, 2020 (AP photo by Ariana Cubillos).
A woman wearing a mask and gloves waits outside a soup kitchen run by nuns in Caracas, Venezuela, April 30, 2020 (AP photo by Ariana Cubillos).
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The ultimate cost of the coronavirus pandemic won’t be tallied for a while. But one casualty seems obvious now: sustainable development. The pandemic has exposed the world’s failure to meet basic human needs, not least in health. Worse, it threatens to erase recent social, economic and environmental progress, particularly among the world’s most vulnerable populations. Pundits frequently describe the coronavirus as a “great equalizer,” reinforcing the message that “we’re all in this together.” In truth, the pandemic is reinforcing the brutal inequality that separates the world’s privileged and marginalized communities. Five years ago, U.N. member states endorsed the Sustainable Development […]

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