Recovering Better: Global Opportunities for Jumpstarting the Real Economy

Friday, 17 July, 2020

17 July 2020 - "Recovering better: Global Opportunities for Jumpstarting the Real Economy #GO4SDGs" was an official side event at the 2020 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2020). It featured experts and actors in the real economy who answered the following critical questions:

  • What is the impact of COVID-19 on people, livelihoods, and small and medium-sized enterprises?
  • Where can we find inspiration, examples of success, and solutions that can be scaled or replicated to jump-start green recoveries? 
  • How can we accelerate and raise ambition for green recovery plans aligned with the 2030 Agenda and the Decade of Action?

This event also presented the “Menu of Services” from the Global Opportunities for SDGs (GO4SDGs) initiative; showcasing the different tools that the partners can bring to the regional and national level in order to create a scaling effect as countries seek to orient their recovery packages to the real economy.

Recovering Better was jointly organised by SEED and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMU) and the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP).


  • Joyce Msuya, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentarian State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • John Dutton, Head of Uplink and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum
  • Lewis Akenji, Executive Director of SEED
  • Moderator: Jessica Cheam, Founder and Managing Director of Eco-Business