EHS-COVID (76) UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery: Leveraging the Power of Science for a More Equitable, Resilient and Sustainable Future

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UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery: Leveraging the Power of Science for a More Equitable, Resilient and Sustainable Future

Author: United Nations

Published online: 17 November 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed stark global inequities, fragilities and unsustainable practices that pre-date this pandemic and have intensified its impact. This UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery provides a framework for leveraging the power of science in support of a better socio-economic recovery and a more equitable, resilient and sustainable future.

The Roadmap is a commitment and a guide to make use of research to determine how COVID-19 socio-economic recovery efforts can be purposefully designed to stimulate equity, resilience, sustainability and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Science strategies into action The Roadmap also details how the implementation of an equitable, resilient and sustainable recovery from COVID-19 will require effective science strategies underpinned by investments in data infrastructure and sound scientific methods.

The systems that support societies must quickly adapt to new knowledge and new technologies to recover as effectively as possible. The UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery articulates five research priorities for each of the five pillars identified in the UN Framework for the Immediate Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19.

Below is one example of a research priority for each of the five pillars:

1. Health Systems and Services: What strategies and financing models are most effective in expanding universal health coverage?

2. Social Protection and Basic Services: What are the most effective and equitable ways of ensuring basic income protection for all?

3. Economic Response and Recovery: How can food supply chains be secured for the world’s most marginalized populations to ensure food security and nutrition in all circumstances?

4. Macroeconomic Policies and Multilateral Collaboration: What lessons from past economic crises can inform the design of national, regional and global recovery strategies?

5. Social Cohesion and Community Resilience: What are the best strategies for building sustainable, inclusive and resilient cities that protect people from future pandemics and climate change?

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