Spotlight Report 2020: Shifting policies for a systemic change

Calls for “building back better” by just pushing the reset button will not change the game.We need structural changes in societies and economies that ensure the primacy of human rights, gender justice and sustainability.This is the key message of the 2020 edition of the Spotlight Report on Sustainable Development “

The Spotlight Report 2020 unpacks various features and amplifiers of the COVID-19 emergency and its inter-linkages with other crises. The report points out that even before COVID-19, many countries – especially in the global South - were in an economic crisis, characterized by contractionary fiscal policy, growing debt and austerity measures that made these countries more vulnerable to future crises. They are results of a dysfunctional system that puts corporate profit above the rights and well-being of people and planet.