Anno LV, n. 228, maggio-agosto 2020
The international health emergency related to the spread of Sars-CoV-2 virus has deeply affected the community of states, unprepared to face such a complex and multidimensional phenomenon. Covid-19 had the role of relaunching the critical issue of the complex relationship between economy, society and environment addressed – inter alia – by the Agenda 2030. The latter includes among the other Sustainable Development Goals also the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), deserving a specific reflection in time of pandemic. Covid-19 has indeed disclosed an extreme fragmentation of the contemporary international community together with the existence of new personalisms and a progressive erosion regarding the principle of solidarity, which strongly impede the full achievement of the UHC objective. In this context, international cooperation on the ground of access to medical services and essential healthcare seems to have become a utopia. Hence, this paper suggests the reinforcement of the mechanisms of conditionality as political coercion tools aimed at enforcing the achievement of the SDGs.