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COVID-19 INFECTING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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Chair:Rajesh Kumari
Co-chair:Saraswati Kerketta

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) of 2015 are a set of consolidated targets that form a comprehensive framework for holistic development. Although these goals have a deadline of 2030, undoubtedly the novel coronavirus pandemic will affect the processes involved in achieving these targets. Almost all of the SDGs will be negative affected in one way or the other, cutting across the issues of society, economy and environment. The COVID-19 pandemic is having differential impact across space and communities. At the time of global socio-economic and technological challenges, it is important to emphasize in achieving SDGs. It is because SDGs enshrine human, social, physical and natural capitals which are prerequisites for long term socio-economic development of the entire world. Health and well-being has a central place in SDG 3. All the other goals are directly or indirectly influenced by health. The interlinkages between different goals are multifaceted, thus the whole framework will not function if any of the component fall apart. To a large extent, human migration has contributed to global spread of novel coronavirus pandemic. Initially this virus spread from urban centres of one country to the urban centres of the other countries. Subsequently, large scale reverse migrations from urban centres to rural pockets have accelerated the chain of transmission. This has led to very alarming condition across the world and WHO declared this pandemic outbreak a "Public Health Emergency”. This unprecedented health emergency has created massive unemployment, posing problem from life to livelihood. Large scale unemployment and pay cuts have risked millions to sink into poverty, where it will be more challenging to achieve SDG 1 (No Poverty). Decline in income is leading to unprecedented food insecurity. Thus malnutrition and deaths due to hunger are another set of problems which will remain a huge barrier in achieving SDG 2 (No Hunger). Health care system across the globe was not prepared for this unprecedented health crisis. It has dual challenge of providing health care services for COVID and non-COVID patients. Increased morbidity and mortality has affected SDG 3 (Good health and Well-being) at the very core. Similarly, the current pandemic poses major threat in achieving SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 8 (Decent work and Economic growth) and SDG 10 (Reduce Inequalities). On the backdrop of SDGs, this session invites research papers on the issues- 1. Linkages between novel coronavirus pandemic, poverty and food security; 2.Outcome of current pandemic on migration and livelihood opportunities; 3.Differential health care vulnerabilities related to novel coronavirus pandemic; 4.Social, economic and technological exclusion in the context of current pandemic.