In December 2019, the world began to brace for a new threat to public health, a novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. By March 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. With regions struggling to contain the spread of this virus, many social systems are left underprepared, ill-equipped and vulnerable to collapse.
As we look to recover and rebuild from this crisis, it is important for subnational governments to continue to utilize the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a tool to create best practices and key strategies towards building a stronger future. The Voluntary Local Review, a report that enables local governments to share their progress towards the implementation of the SDGs directly with the United Nations, allows governments to analyze challenges such as climate change, migration, and even the COVID-19 pandemic. Through participating in the Voluntary Local Review process, subnational governments can be better equipped to respond to global issues locally, as well as rebuild a more sustainable and equitable society post COVID-19.
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