The entire world at this moment is in a very difficult situation. A sizeable chunk of the world’s population is under some form of restrictions because of the lockdown by the countries to fight against the coronavirus. Millions of health care workers are risking their lives. As the health and human toll grows, the economic damage is already evident. A social recession is also marked by growing loneliness and isolation due to the measures adopted by the governments to fight against the pandemic. According to UNESCO, 300 million children are missing school globally due to the current virus outbreak. Children are likely to be experiencing worry, anxiety and fear, and this can include the types of fears that are very similar to those experienced by adults. If schools have closed as part of necessary measures, then children may no longer have that sense of structure and stimulation that is provided by that environment, and now they have less opportunity to be with their friends and get that social support that is essential for good mental well-being. The June 2020 Global Economic Prospects of World Bank describes that the pandemic is expected to plunge most countries into recession in 2020, with per capita income contracting in the largest fraction of countries globally since 1870.
Many scientific reports already establish the strong linkage of corona virus and climate change. In the ecosystem of the earth insects occupy a place more important than us. They pollinate plants which provide us food and oxygen. They regulate the major part of the ecosystem and they are the first to react to ecological changes. Hence COVID 19 could be natures warning against climate change.
The COVID 19 also derailed the growth path of achieving the SDGs. For the last four years, government have tried to translate the SDGs into national policies. But moving forward, the SDGs need to be re-focused into feasible and inclusive life-saving actions that can be and are carried out for people everywhere. During and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SDGs will remain relevant only if governments reframe the Goals to be part of the fabric of people’s lives. The SDGs can survive, and even thrive, if they meaningfully and universally address the critical situation faced by many communities globally, including persons with disabilities, just as the Goals emerged from stories at the grassroots level around the globe.
Over the longer horizon, the loss triggered by the pandemic are expected to leave lasting impacts on the economy, ecology and livelihoods of the millions. The present crisis highlights the need for urgent action to cushion the pandemic’s health and economic consequences, protect vulnerable populations, and set the stage for a lasting recover. A concerted approach is required urgently at this moment. Hence it is envisioned to start a series of discussions, dialogues, studies and small actions to design the growth path of the globe.
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