Nature In All Goals 2020

Posted on July, 08 2020

Nature underpins all the Sustainable Development Goals
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a painful wake-up call, revealing our fractured relationship with nature. The virus most likely jumped from wild animals to humans. Known as a zoonotic disease, this alarming phenomenon is on the rise. Of the new diseases that have emerged in humans in the past 30 years, 60-70 percent have a zoonotic origin.

The pandemic is a reminder that everything is connected. Our health, our economies, animal health and the natural environment are all interlinked. Tackling problems in siloes is no longer an option. We must create solutions that respect these interconnections, and we need those solutions fast.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were created with the understanding that everything is connected, and consequently social, environmental, and economic development are indivisible. Individually, the 17 SDGs define key areas of progress for humanity. Delivered together, they will transform the world and create prosperity for all on a healthy planet.

The 2020 edition of WWF's Nature In All Goals publication shows how we can restore our relationship with nature to realise the promise of the SDGs and Leave No One Behind.

The 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report urgently called for a ‘new relationship between people and nature’ to achieve the SDGs. And now, as we work together to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, it is time we forged that relationship.



Now is the time for urgent action to build a safer future for people and the planet.

We need to challenge governments to align the global response to this crisis and build back better by:
  • Tackling the direct environmental drivers of increased pandemic risk, including combating wildlife trafficking and halting the high-risk wildife trade, as well as eliminating deforestation and conversion from agricultural supply chains.
  • Supporting vulnerable communities affected by this crisis.
  • Designing economic stimulus packages that ensure green and just recovery and increase investment in sustainable business models.
  • Taking transformative decisions to halt and reverse biodiversity loss, including agreeing an ambitious post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
  • Ensuring that a One Health approach - linking the health of humans, animals and our shared environment - is strengthened and integrated in relevant decision-making processes.
Protecting people from threats posed by zoonotic diseases requires us to protect the wellbeing of our planet. We must secure a New Deal for Nature and People that sets nature on the path to recovery by 2030 and safeguards human health and livelihoods in the long-term.

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