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Webinar: Will COVID-19 derail progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
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When: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
8:00 AM ET
Where: Online
Presenter: Sue Horton
Contact: iHEA

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Will COVID-19 derail progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

This webinar will have simultaneous translation from English to French, made possible by a grant from the IDRC


Wednesday, May 27, 2020
8:00 AM ET -
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Achieving the SDGs was always a very ambitious project, with its 17 goals and 169 targets. This compares to the 8 goals and 27 targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Estimates of the costs of meeting the SDGs are USD 6 trillion – 7% of world GDP. This shift “from billions to trillions” (to quote Jim Kim) requires new approaches. It would be essential to shift from relying on official development assistance to other forms of innovative finance such as expanded philanthropy from the super-rich, blended finance, Development Impact Bonds and impact investment.

Will the COVID-19 pandemic shift priorities among the SDGs? Will it derail progress? How will COVID-19 change the international governance architecture responsible for achieving the goals? While this webinar will not answer these difficult questions, it aims to provoke discussion.

Speaker: Sue Horton

Sue Horton is University Research Chair and Professor of Global Health Economics in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at University of Waterloo, Canada. She holds a BA in economics from Cambridge University and an AM and PhD in economics from Harvard University. She worked extensively on costing and prioritization of nutrition during the MDGs, and is now working on non-communicable diseases, particularly cancer. She is deputy chair of the Lancet Commission on Diagnostics which plans to report in 2021. 

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