The COVID-19 pandemic will push 176 million more people into extreme poverty and dash hopes of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030.

This is one of the main conclusions highlighted in a report presented by Mr Olivier De Schutter, the new UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, to the 44th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council this week. The report was prepared by his predecessor Mr Philip Alston.

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Lessons from the global COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the SDGs

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During a publicly live-streamed dialogue with former Brazilian President Lula da Silva last Friday, Argentinian president Alberto Fernandez said he misses the regional solidarity that Latin America had when he was Chief of Cabinet of President Nestor Kirchner back in 2003.

"Now it's only Andres Manuel [Lopez Obrador] in Mexico and me" he explained, after Lula's description of the close ties he had as president with many other heads of State in the region and how they dared to say "no" to US president George W. Bush's proposal of a Free Trade Area of the Americas in 2005.

Preparations are underway for the 2020 High-level Political Forum (HLPF) and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Member States are engaged in negotiations to adopt by consensus a Political Declaration and 47 have undertaken Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) for presentation at the HLPF. The UN system has issued a number of reports containing analyses and assessments of progress towards the SDGs. In addition to contributing to these processes and reports, major groups have issued a range of analyses and demands.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global sustainability agenda

The COVID-19 pandemic and the policies with which governments have responded to it have had a serious impact on the global sustainability agenda. While the full extent of the pandemic and its impacts cannot yet be assessed, there is an evident risk that the pandemic will jeopardize the achievement of the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their entirety.

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