Lessons from Covid-19: social issues and the environment at the center

Lessons from Covid-19: social issues and the environment at the center


The lessons of Covid-19 are already showing their noses with the social and the environment at the center. The coronavirus crisis reveals the glaring inequalities in the world. We have to start to wonder if we want to fall back into the world as we know it before the Coronavirus pandemic. Or maybe it's time to rethink it?

Vulnerability at the heart of the lessons of Covid-19

This coronavirus health crisis has highlighted a number of inequalities and vulnerabilities and leads to deep reflections. According to OXFAM, 50 million people will be threatened by hunger in West Africa in the coming months. An even more worrying situation for the displaced populations, estimated at 5 million in the Sahel region and in the Central African Republic.

17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda
Lessons from Covid-19: social issues and the environment at the center

Moreover, everyone agrees on the responsibility of human activities in this coronavirus crisis which has contributed to a profound imbalance in our environment. However, the solutions required by these lessons from Covid-19 already exist and are known to our leaders. It is simply the SDGs.

The SDGs are an urgent avenue to curb this vulnerability

These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a global call launched in 2000 and renewed in 2015 that we must act to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all human beings live in peace and prosperity. by 2030. SDGs 12 (Objective 12: Establish sustainable consumption and production patterns) and 15 (Objective 15: Preserve and restore terrestrial ecosystems, ensuring that they are used sustainably, sustainably manage forests, against desertification, halt and reverse the process of soil degradation and put an end to the impoverishment of biodiversity) are of particular concern to us on this Corona crisis. But what about the efforts to achieve these goals and the eventual application of the lessons of Covid-19?

Lessons from Covid-19: social issues and the environment at the center
Lessons from Covid-19: social issues and the environment at the center

What aspects should we focus on?

The 2017 report of the UN regarding the progress of work on the Sustainable Development Goals speaks volumes. Social progress, environmental awareness and solidarity between peoples must now be among the objectives to be achieved if the international community is to learn the lessons of Covid-19.

We must take an interest in it now by making sure that future medical treatments are accessible to all. The rich countries should therefore take their fair share of international solidarity efforts. In addition, we must strengthen our climate ambition by helping the most vulnerable countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change. In addition, it is urgent to accelerate investments in “green” sectors and support populations in the ecological transition.

The time has come to make the appropriate changes if we do not want to experience another crisis like that of the coronavirus in the future. The lessons of Covid-19 require drastic changes, the implementation of which will undoubtedly encounter enormous difficulties.

The challenges to overcome to bring the planet out of the abyss

Lessons from Covid-19: social issues and the environment at the center
Lessons from Covid-19: social issues and the environment at the center

The United Nations has forcefully proclaimed that the goals constitute "a new frame of reference that will make it possible to end poverty and guarantee a life of dignity for all, leaving no one behind". But global disasters and local crises can hamper the best-designed projects.

This is the case with conflicts which greatly thwart the ambitions of development planners. The way in which violence and insecurity spreads in society, affecting almost all of the 17 dedicated SDGs threatens human well-being. The report final drafted by the United Nations in 2015 concluded that "conflicts remain the most serious threat to human development".

The low rate schooling in certain regions of the world, particularly Africa, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, epidemics, etc., slow down the achievement of the objectives. Even more so, inhuman and voracious capitalism, silent geostrategic wars, the ignorance and irresponsibility of many leaders, climate skepticism, etc., are all plagues of a world order in construction that could render states, institutions financial institutions and other actors resistant to the changes necessary to implement the lessons of Covid-19.

Everyone must play their score. We are already at war and are losing. We wake up.


A curious, motivated and determined young leader, Obed Kodjo is an agronomist and blogger who is active in organizations that advocate the awareness and development of African youth. Innovation is his passion and for this he never ceases to cultivate himself in order to make a difference in his actions. He dreams of a conscious Africa that solves its problems on its own without outside help.

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