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Developing sustainable infrastructure and utilizing science and technology in response to COVID-19 - Joint meeting of the Second Committee of the General Assembly at its 75th session and the Economic and Social Council
14 Oct 2020 -  Panel 1. Developing sustainable infrastructure.
Panel 2. Role of science and technology in combating and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The year 2020 will enter history as the year when, without forewarning, a global health pandemic hit the world for the first time in decades. So far, over 1 million people have died with over 30 million people infected with the virus worldwide. While it is uncertain how and when the world will re-emerge from the devastating effects of the pandemic, there is emerging consensus that, once the scourge of COVID-19 has been reduced, the world should build back fairer, more inclusive and more sustainable economies and societies, leaving no one behind.

Despite the setbacks caused by the spread of the disease, it will be essential to regain momentum and move ahead at an accelerated pace towards the achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The COVID-19 crisis has revealed some fundamental development flaws and the response can be converted into an opportunity to recover better, if much of resources aimed at recovering from the pandemic and its impacts are directed toward promoting the SDGs. Investing in sustainable infrastructure and leveraging science and technology in response to the pandemic will be important in moving forward to build back better and get back on track towards reaching the Goals.

The joint meeting of the Economic and Social Council will address the challenges of building sustainable infrastructure and mobilizing science and technology to respond to the global COVID-19 crisis and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It would aim notably to provide a deeper understanding on how building back better from the pandemic requires reconsideration of investing in infrastructure and investing in and mobilizing science and technology.