But this is a matter of style. As for the substance of the problems in focus, then, obviously, one should consider a question which was there from the very beginning: is sustainable development possible in the era of a global pandemic, which, apparently, will not disappear tomorrow and will remain with us for a long time? Emerging as the main slogan of the summit, there was a call for a "Great Reset" in the global work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It is clear that this is an ambitious plan, and I think that in the near future the term “Great Reset” will firmly enter the political discourse, just as the term “Sustainable Development” once entered it. Such a reset will be spoken about from the high rostrum; in calling for it, the most "advanced" green governments will begin to form national plans for the "reset", and this very word will quickly become a sign of good form in environmental discussions. If you are talking about the Great Reset, then you are in trend. And if not, then no.
The logic that the global pandemic, which has seemed to sap the world community of all of its energy and resources, should not become an obstacle, but an incentive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, on the one hand, is paradoxical. It is clear that this is a necessary meaningful and aesthetically beautiful perspective, but, on the other hand, now not everyone is up to it, generally speaking. It can also be put forward in a couple of years, when, hopefully, the coronavirus pandemic will lose its severity, and governments and corporations will have the opportunity to allocate additional “Big Resources” for the “Great Reset”.
At the same time, it should be noted that almost from the very beginning of the pandemic, in the winter and spring of this year, many environmental organisations and forums began to actively postulate this particular approach; that right now is the time for new large-scale green initiatives. Precisely because humanity is already at a turning point, and it is necessary to urgently change the prevailing administrative and social practices and approaches. In this context, there have already been quite influential reports, for example, that the epidemic should provide a new impetus for the development of green energy.