The Covid-19 pandemic makes clear how interconnected our world is and how crucial effective international cooperation is to manage global health crises and other global challenges such as climate change.
The Covid-19 crisis and its socioeconomic impact are likely to reinforce previous tendencies towards nationalism, protectionism and increasing inequality, which make fruitful international cooperation even more difficult.
The G20 has an organisational structure and instruments to enable effective multilateral cooperation in response to the Covid-19 crisis: continuous dialogue, flexibility as well as the capacity to set norms, initiate policies and supply top-level political impetus.
Most importantly, the G20 need to lend decisive and extensive support to international organizations, in particular the WHO, to support their crisis management activities.
The G20 also need to step up their support for the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030 as they offer a holistic and widely accepted framework ideally suited to lead the recovery of our economies and societies towards a more resilient, livable post- Covid-19 world.