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Can the world recover from the pandemic, asks Sarah Meredith, and what can we as global citizens do to help?



As I think back last year – just a few days before Australia was plunged into its first largescale lockdown, our organisations and sector were in a very different place. 

At Global Citizen, we were gearing up for our biggest campaign ever in the fight to end extreme poverty. 2020 marked 10 years until the deadline set for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals deadline. With progress towards the UN’s Global Goals stalling, we needed to do something bold to kickstart action – and 2020 was going to be the year to push the dial. 

Little did we know we were on the verge of some devastating setbacks. COVID-19 would soon send a long-lasting impact across the entire globe, impeding both fundraising and development efforts. 

Fast forward to now and, for the first time in 20 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty is set to significantly increase – at current estimates by more than 110 million people. This figure is…
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