ESCWA Publication: UNSG

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda

Initiatives: Sustainable urban development

SDGs: Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Keywords: Covid-19

The impact of COVID-19 on the Arab region: An opportunity to build back better

July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed serious fault lines and vulnerabilities in societies, institutions and economies all around the world. The Arab region, home to 436 million people, initially kept transmission and mortality rates lower than the global average but more recent trends are cause for concern, especially in light of fragmented health care and insufficient primary care in many countries. The pandemic has also magnified many decades-long challenges. These include violence and conflict; inequalities; unemployment; poverty; inadequate social safety nets; human rights concerns; insufficiently responsive institutions and governance systems; and an economic model that has not yet met the aspirations of all.

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