The future of the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development Post COVID-19

What challenges & opportunities do we face in the United Nations' 75th anniversary year for pursuing the SDGs during & after COVID-19?

The global goals for sustainable development. Let's get the job done.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN).

To mark United Nations Day this year, the Social and Global Studies Centre is bringing together experts from international organisations, government, civil society and academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities for pursuing the SDGs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Five years ago the UN’s member states unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development creating 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2030 Agenda provides a unique foundation to build consensus among governments, civil society, and academic institutions about how to tackle the biggest challenges facing society while at the same time its underlying logic and modalities are contested.

This year has also heralded a global health pandemic that will test the UN’s ability to orchestrate these efforts, rolling back purported development gains while leaving in its wake a new global environment for international development. This disruption is likely to create challenges but may also present opportunities.

What remains to be seen is how well domestic and international actors will leverage these changes to help them implement the SDGs or indeed rethink the shape of a global sustainable development agenda.


  • Layton Pike - Chief Global Adviser, Policy, Strategy & Impact, RMIT
  • Dr. Sara Davies - Professor, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University
  • Dr. Heloise Weber - Senior Lecturer, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland
  • Sharon Bhagwan Rolls - Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Global Fund for Women


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