This paper aims to present reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic impacts in the search for the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG 8) disseminated by the United Nations. These reflections are made considering the Brazilian scenario.
As this paper is a viewpoint, several information presented here are based on authors’ opinion. However, to enhance the information basis and present examples, a bibliographic research was also conducted.
Analyzing the targets of SDG 8 and the probable crisis in the Brazilian economy as a consequence of the pandemic, the authors believe that this crisis will impact the achievement of these targets.
The reflections presented here can contribute with the debates about the search for decent work in Brazil. It is worth to remember that the development of actions aligned with SDG 8 targets generates more than only economic gains, as these contribute for building a more just, egalitarian and inclusive society.
This viewpoint calls attention to issues that demand urgent public policies; otherwise, these issues can generate losses to an entire generation of Brazilians.
This work was supported by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) under grants 307536/2018-1 and 305442/2018-0; by Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES) – Finance Code 001, under process 88887.464433/2019-00; and by Universidade do Estado do Pará, under grant 626/18.
Anholon, R., Rampasso, I.S., Martins, V.W.B., Serafim, M.P., Leal Filho, W. and Quelhas, O.L.G. (2021), "COVID-19 and the targets of SDG 8: reflections on Brazilian scenario", Kybernetes, Vol. 50 No. 5, pp. 1679-1686. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-12-2020-0833
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