The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted interconnected risks and vulnerabilities with broad humanitarian, social, economic, and environmental consequences. Covid-19 also affects efforts to advance a holistic approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda. As U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated at the September 2020 SDGs'Summit, "the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is designed to address the very fragilities and shortcomings that the pandemic has exposed." What can be said about national recovery plans and their ability to implement the transformative ambition of the SDGs? Is their alignment progressing? How can we ensure that stimulus packages and investments actually move us closer to achieving the SDGs, and not the other way around? How do we organize a political and democratic debate around these issues in countries? What role can the G20 and the EU play in supporting sustainable recoveries in developing countries?

These questions were raised and discussed during a series of 5 high-level dialogues jointly organized by IDDRI and the German think tank DIE, which brought together government officials, specialized agencies and international organizations, as well as think tank representatives from all regions of the world. 

Read the topic-related blog post >> How to align national Covid-19 recoveries with the Sustainable Development Goals? June, 2021 

  • 5th workshop, January 6 2022: What role can the EU play in supporting sustainable recoveries in developing countries? 

In previous sessions, we have identified the need of a virtuous cycle of support for a sustainable recovery in developing countries. Therefore, we will focus our next and final workshop on the role of Europe. In January 2022, France will take up the presidency of the Council of the European Union. This workshop discussed “What role can the EU play in supporting sustainable recoveries in developing countries?” This final session focussed both on the EU’s engagement as well as its cooperation with key global processes and Regions.

  • 4th workshop, June 7 2021: How can G20 countries help creating budgetary space in developing countries for green, inclusive and resilient recovery pathways? Special G20 edition of the DIE/IDDRI aligning recovery with the 2030 Agenda dialogues

The G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors that will take place on the 9-10th of July in Venice takes place at an important moment when the world faces Covid-19 related challenges and simultaneously seeks to deliver on an ambitious global development agenda. The meeting is expected to provide concrete measures to navigate and overcome the current health, economic and debt crisis, while pursuing long term sustainable development pathways. In addition to
the commitments G20 countries will make to handle these multiple crises within their own economies, the G20 Finance Track seeks to provide support to vulnerable countries in urgent need of fiscal space for the most vulnerable countries with the objective to pursue green, inclusive and resilient pathways as part of their recovery.
This workshop discussed:

What additional action G20 members can take to provide debt relief and new liquidities to vulnerable countries, including through the (voluntary) allocation of SDRs? How can these actions support green and inclusive development pathways in the context of Covid recovery?

Read the blog post on the ETTG's website >> G20 ministerial meetings: high-time for development and finance ministers to work hand in hand for a sustainable global recovery  (July, 2021)

Read the topic-related blog post >> Supporting developing countries for a global sustainable recovery: lessons from the Italian G20 Presidency (October, 2021)

  • 3rd workshop, May 11 2021: Creating the political space for financing sustainable recovery pathways

Societies in crisis may emphasize short-term political dynamics and the associated preference of short-term over medium-term actions. Also engaging and financing transformations towards socially and environmentally sustainable pathways may come at a high political cost. Opening up a democratic, participatory dialogue on long term sustainable development pathways might allow to orient investments not only into short-term responses but provide political cover for leaders willing to invest in long-term green and inclusive transformations.

  • 2nd workshop, March 9 2021: Aligning national recovery plans with the 2030 Agenda – what does it mean? Country examples from Spain, Columbia and Nigeria
    What are key challenges and opportunities in aligning national recovery plans with the 2030 Agenda?
    How can countries be supported in aligning recovery policies with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?


  • 1st workshop, November 6 2020: Launch event of the Aligning recovery with the 2030 Agenda dialogues - regional perspectives

Read the topic-related blog post >> Comment aligner relances nationales post-Covid-19 et Objectifs de développement durable ? June, 2021