This second edition of the SDG Pulse illustrates in a very concrete way how UNCTAD is contributing to the 2030 Agenda. The report not only presents statistical updates and data-driven analysis for the indicators for which UNCTAD is a custodian or co-custodian, but it also presents a range of other complementary indicators that provide a wider context and more nuance to these complex topics. This report will every year, highlight a thematic issue of immediate relevance. This year’s theme addresses the many impacts of COVID-19 from a statistical perspective. In particular, the conceptual and organisational challenges being faced by national statistical offices around the world, and some of the implications for global official statistics. The report also discusses some of measurement challenges in producing new, comparable COVID-19 (coronavirus) statistics in the midst of a crisis.