This background paper, authored by David Steven and Margaret Williams, for the 2021 SDG 16 Conference argues that governance is the linchpin both to the response to the pandemic and to achieving the SDGs. It proposes three overarching missions for governance in the coming decade: 

​Rebuilding the social contract between governments and citizens

  1. Improving the performance of institutions so that they can solve the problems that matter to people during and after the pandemic

  2. International collective action and strengthened global and regional governance to help increase the effectiveness of institutions at national and subnational levels.

For more information, visit the Pathfinders' website.