ESDN Reports provide in-depth documentation of a selected topic related to sustainable development. 

July 2020 Report

"Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Sustainable Development and the SDGs in Europe"

European countries are, at the time of writing this Report (July 2020), recovering from the immediate impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the numbers of new infections seem under control in many European countries. However, these achievements are fragile and the upcoming autumn and winter season may pose new challenges to dealing with the pandemic.

Many governments are currently in the process of designing or even implementing recovery plans and strategies that will alleviate the impacts of the economic shutdown following the spread of the Sars-Cov-2 (Covid-19) virus in Europe. This ESDN Report examines how the economic recovery can be designed in a way that does not jeopardise recent positive achievements in sustainable development (SD) overall, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular, and to avoid quick fixes that may potentially turn out to be unsustainable. As governments in Europe roll out substantial stimulus and recovery packages to revive the economy and society, SD can play a key role in using the recovery to set the world on a more sustainable path and even accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. Many political leaders have expressed their commitment to a sustainable recovery and there are many policy proposals by international organisations and think-tanks on the table. However, economic pressure may also lead governments to resort to quick fixes that may turn out as harmful to society and/or the environment on the long-run.

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Past ESDN Reports
  • Implementing the 2030 Agenda and SDGs at the National Level
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  • Addressing European Populism from an SD Policy Perspective
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  • Budgeting for the SDGs: Experiences, Challenges and Needs
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  • Communicating Sustainable Development and the SDGs in Europe
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  • Stakeholder-Policymaker Cooperation in SDG Implementation
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  • Implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in Europe
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  • SDG Indicators and Monitoring: Systems and Processes
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  • Budget Provisions in Implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs
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  • 2030 Agenda Governance Mechanisms: Local and Urban Level
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  • Role of European Parliaments in Implementing the 2030 Agenda
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  • 2030 Agenda: Communication and Awareness Raising Activities
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  • Multi-level Governance and Vertical Policy Integration
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  • Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD and the SDGs in Europe
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  • Stakeholder Activities in Implementing the 2030 Agenda
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  • Peer Learning to Support 2030 Agenda Implementation
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  • Role of Stakeholder Participation in European SD Policies
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  • 2030 Agenda: Governance for SD Approaches in Europe
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  • The European context for Monitoring and Reviewing SDGs
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  • Social Innovation in the Context of European Initiatives and Practices
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  • The SDGs' Impact on the European SD Governance Framework
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  • NSDS in eight Central and Eastern European Countries
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  • SD Transitions at International, European and National Level
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  • 7th Environment Action Programme: Reflections on SD and Env. Policy
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  • Framing Urban SD: A Multi-Level Governance Perspective
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  • Planetary Boundaries for SD: National Applications
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  • The Financial Sector and Sustainable Development
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  • Future Studies in Governance for SD and Public Policy-Making
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  • Comparative Analysis of European Coherence for SD
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  • EU Sustainable Development Strategy Process in EU MS
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  • Finnish National Commission on SD and the UK’s SD Commission
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  • The Evaluations and Reviews of NSDS in European Countries
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  • The European Union Sustainable Development Strategy Process
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July 2020 Report

Written by Constanze Fetting

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