COVID-19 and Conflict: Is Peace the Cure?
by Michael Young, CEO of International Alert
Published: May 21, 2020
How a renewed focus on SDG 16 can help fight COVID-19 and salvage the Global Goals.
At the start of 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic crashed over us all, Agenda 2030, our global commitment to sustainable development that could “leave no one behind,” was already in deep trouble.
By 2030, approximately 80% of the most vulnerable people globally would be trapped in countries experiencing chronic instability, violence and conflict.
Why? Because the vast majority of the world’s extremely poor already lived in fragile and conflict-affected states. By 2030, approximately 80% of the most vulnerable people globally would be trapped in countries experiencing chronic instability, violence and conflict. None of these states were on track to achieve a single Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) — and most were “severely off track.” So, Agenda 2030 would succeed or fail globally based on its performance in conflict-affected fragile states which seemed fated to be left behind.