The "Sustainable Development Outlook 2021: From Anguish to Determination" provides in-depth analyses of the progress and challenges faced in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to draw relevant policy lessons from that experience.
The report focuses on SDG 1 (poverty), SDG 2 (hunger), SDG 3 (health and well-being), SDG 8 (growth and employment), and SDG 10 (inequality). For each SDG, the experience of a select group of countries— that represent well both successes and challenges—is analyzed to inform scenarios, both optimistic and pessimistic, and the policy suggestions that can help a country to be on the more optimistic path.
Since the world is still very much under the impact of COVID-19, the effect of this pandemic on the progress toward different SDGs has been an important focus of the analysis of the SDO 2021. The pandemic continues to restrict economic and social activities, causing significant setbacks in the progress toward SDGs. The SDO 2021 captures these effects through its analyses and searches for ways to accelerate anew the progress toward the SDGs.
Moderated by Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist
Report presented by S. Nazrul Islam, Chief, Development Research Branch, Economic Analysis and Policy Division, UN DESA
Pedro Conceição , Director, Human Development Report Office in UNDP and lead author of the Human Development Report
Sanjay G. Reddy, Associate Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research
Jeffrey D. Sachs, University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University
Yesim Tozan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Health, New York University School of Global Public Health