A growing body of evidence, including Hepburn et al. (2020), suggests that green fiscal spending can deliver stronger economic returns than traditional spending alternatives. Additionally, studies show that well-designed green spending can counter the environmental crises of climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss, while also delivering significant social benefits. In response to COVID19, we find that the fifty largest economies announced USD14.6tn in fiscal spending in 2020, of which USD1.9tn (13.0%) was for long-term economic recovery. But have spending patterns aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris targets? In this paper, we analyse the characteristics of 2020 COVID-19 spending using over 3,000 spending policies from the Global Recovery Observatory’s tracking of the fifty largest economies. Chapter 1. The 2020 story of global COVID spending -- Chapter 2. Green energy -- Chapter 3. Green transport -- Chapter 4. Green building upgrades & energy efficiency -- Chapter 5. Natural capital -- Chapter 6. Green research & development -- Appendix A. Global recovery spending -- Appendix B. Country Information -- Appendix C. COVID-19 impacts on public debt.