The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, aims to reduce poverty, improve health and wellbeing, and contribute to economic growth and prosperity. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused great upheaval to communities and economies across the world. A study, conducted by the United Nations, in collaboration with the Pardee Centre for International Futures at the University of Denver in 2020, has revealed that the social and economic impacts of the pandemic are likely to widen the existing inequality gaps between countries. The United Nations estimates that more than 1 billion people may be pushed into extreme poverty by 2030. Nonetheless, these setbacks can be mitigated or even overcome by cooperation and collaboration amongst actors and stakeholders at different levels of intervention. Governments will need to demonstrate great will and readiness in adopting sound and robust policies and promoting investment aligned with the 17 SDG areas so that countries may recover, build resilience, and advance along their development trajectories.
The COVID-19 Research Platform, through research and analysis, and the organisation of events and webinars, endeavours to assist decision-makers and communities in the Small Island Developing States of the Indian Ocean to mitigate and recover from the repercussions of the health and economic crisis, and to enable them to get back on track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.