‘Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economy Posted on August 9, 2020 (August 11, 2020) by Years2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 FuturArc Webinar Series Survey FAQ 30-day free access to FuturArc App CategoriesMain Feature City Profile Showcase Commentary Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020 ‘Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economy August 9, 2020 During the first in a series of roundtable discussions on responding and recovering better from the global crisis, this one with women economists, Secretary-General António Guterres painted a grim picture of acute suffering, saying that extreme poverty and hunger are set to increase drastically. Many healthcare systems are already at breaking point; and a whole generation of children is missing out on education. “The pandemic threatens not just to put the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on hold, but to reverse progress that has already been made”, he said. Unless the world acts now, the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying global recession, will trigger “years of depressed and disrupted economic growth”, the UN chief warned. FINDING SOLUTIONS According to the UN chief, “we need the insights and perspectives of all”, including “prominent and innovative” women economists, to create “inclusive, resilient and gender-equal societies” to address the climate crisis and other global challenges. “We need concrete, radical and implementable solutions”, spelled out the Secretary-General, voicing hope that the series of roundtables will stimulate new ideas and “a totally different debate in relation to the classic ones we have witnessed in the recent past”. MUCH NEEDED TRANSFORMATION The transformation must “break the inequality and environmental degradation enchantment that darken our future”, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed shared, pushing for a new global economy “based on sustainable consumption and production, on sustainable infrastructure that gives access to all to the opportunities of the future”. Above article is an excerpt from The United Nations. Click here to view the full article. To read the complete article, get your hardcopy at our online shop/newsstands/major bookstores; subscribe to FuturArc or download the FuturArc App to read the issues. Previously Published Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2021 A look back at 2021: Meeting Green targets; projects that make the most of what exists; and ideas taking shape Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature2021 A look back at 2021: Meeting Green targets; projects that make the most of what exists; and ideas taking shape Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 A Singapore Perspective: Carbon Goals for the Built Environment Commentary4th Quarter 2021 A Singapore Perspective: Carbon Goals for the Built Environment Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 Reaching Carbon Neutrality in Hong Kong: A model for high-rise, high-density sub-tropical built environments Commentary4th Quarter 2021 Reaching Carbon Neutrality in Hong Kong: A model for high-rise, high-density sub-tropical built environments Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 A Case Study from China: Low-carbon building innovations are changing future architecture Commentary4th Quarter 2021 A Case Study from China: Low-carbon building innovations are changing future architecture Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 Brazil’s Favelas: A model for Green architecture and sustainable living Commentary4th Quarter 2021 Brazil’s Favelas: A model for Green architecture and sustainable living Commentary / 3rd Quarter 2021 Greening Asia’s City Streets: Why All Cities Should Prioritise Green Walking Commentary3rd Quarter 2021 Greening Asia’s City Streets: Why All Cities Should Prioritise Green Walking Contact us at https://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.