Instead of prodding countries together to fight a common enemy, the pandemic has in many cases driven nations apart, leading them to insulate themselves from others, thereby threatening years of progress in forging trade partnerships. COVID-19 has exposed many of the inherent weaknesses in the current trade system but also made a strong case for strengthening global connectivity through advances such as digitalization so that all countries can prosper side-by-side.
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
A key global initiative that currently unites much of the world is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Launched by the United Nations back in 2015, Agenda 2030 is an action plan for “people, the planet and prosperity”, which countries and stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, have pledged to implement.