published on OECD blog Development Matters, 13.10.2020
Governments around the world have taken action to reduce the socio-economic impacts of the lockdown, mainly be investing in social protection schemes, but often they have not been able to cover all those in need. After initial difficulties in international coordination, the challenge now lies in reconciling pandemic control with the sustainable development goals: climate protection, economic consequences, inequality, conflicts, and basic human demands. But, the international co-operation system as it exists today, however, does not seem to be fit to adequately deal with this complex situation. Therefore, truly global, international co-opration should take a shared interest in the global common good as its starting point, forging solid alliances and institutions that protect it.