Impact of Covid19 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)- A Complete go-through
Updated: Dec 14, 2021
Ramesh Chaurasia- Impact of Covid-19 on SDGs
The United Nations Organization listed up 17 sustainable development goals back in 2015 as the target goals for the world to achieve by the year 2030 in order to see itself in a completely transformed and better state, taking into consideration almost all aspects of development like the economy, health, well-being, business, innovation, science, technology, etc. As we stepped into the year 2020, which was thought of being a new and fresh start to the decade of complete action for achieving these sustainable development goals, we had different plans to execute and invest all our efforts in. However, the world during this time had to face an absolutely unexpected turmoil due to the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic.
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Not only the world suffered badly in terms of health crisis and medical challenges but also in the economic aspect. The global citizens got caged in their homes due to worldwide lockdowns being imposed to control the spread of infections. As a result, all businesses and workplaces were shut and employees got drained due to income and saving shortages. Many people with regular jobs had to go through the tough phases of losing them while some others had to go through financial crunches due to salary reduction as employer companies were facing recessions and losses in business.
This was the case with the ones who had a job by that time. However, the case wasn’t the same with everyone. Many didn’t even have regular jobs, in their case they had to go through intense anxiety of not getting a job for a long time even after things start coming back to normal. Let alone the people who unfortunately managed to arrange for only some survival food by begging or asking for financial help from others. Sadly but truly, people not only died because of health problems but also by getting extremely stressed due to financial pressures.
A statistical perspective
The entire planning to attain success towards the 17 sustainable development goals that were set in the mind of our leaders experienced a complete change as the world got hit by an unexpected and unwanted pandemic. As I was going through the statistical data to back up the thoughts proliferating in my mind, I caught my eyes on the data as published officially by the United Nations Organization on their official website which is as mentioned below-:
The world is off track from the path to end poverty to a great extent by the target year 2030 as about 6%-8% of the citizens are not expected to overcome their state of adverse poverty anytime soon. The pandemic caught all of us into a long vicious cycle of managing finances.
The health and well-being industry was caught off guard by the advent of the epic Covid-19 pandemic. The entire system of medicine was in a dilemma to cope up with the crisis and come up with solutions as soon as possible. This shifted the focus from a lot of projects that were planned to be invested with attention. As a result, about half of the health industry experienced a crash that needs to be coped up within the coming years.
The number of people suffering from extreme hunger and food security issues increased during the covid-19 pandemic. As per the survey reports almost 40-50 million people suffered from hunger issues during the time of crisis and lockdown.
The environment deteriorated to a large extent due to huge piles of medical waste getting dumped into water bodies and landfills hideously. This waste releases toxic gases into the atmosphere that causes the quality of air and water to deplete considerably.
To wrap up
Undoubtedly, the continuing pandemic of Covid-19 has caused citizens to be dragged into a mesh of vulnerability and dilemma for a long time ahead, resilience to which will take a lot of effort. However, we must all commit to help and support each other to come out of this inconvenient situation as soon as possible. Hoping to see great times ahead.
Author- Ramesh Chaurasia
A superior and highly experienced entrepreneur in the field of business for quite a long time now. Also, a philanthropist, author and public speaker who believes in working towards the overall well being and betterment of the society as a whole.