How can we make the economic recovery from COVID-19 sustainable, just and resilient? What policies can governments and financial institutions pursue to ensure that the response to the current pandemic is green — and that these response measures help us achieve the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals?
I put these questions and more to an all star panel in a live taping of the Global Dispatches Podcast, recorded April 29.
Meanwhile, in Europe, there is ongoing discussion about the size and contours of a rescue package. This includes a meeting in late April of European Union leaders to discuss a potential trillion euro package — a meeting that by all accounts was rather contentious.
And then on April 28, environment ministers from 30 countries concluded the Petersburg Climate Dialogue where they discussed how to organize a green economic recovery.
And the policies that flow from those conversations and debates may determine not only the path economic recovery, but also whether or not we reach the climate and sustainability targets that science tells us is required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Economic recovery will take years, but the opportunity to shape and design that recovery is now
A window to shape policy is opening now— so what do we need to do to seize this moment and put economic recovery in service of sustainability?How do weensure that recovery is just, sustainable and resilient?