By CAPosts 03 December, 2020 - 09:24pm 57 views
Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, warned that social and economic impact of the covid-19 "are huge and growing" and it would be foolish to believe that a vaccine can reverse the damage caused by the pandemic, which will last for years or even decades.
© Provided by Milenio The Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres. (AP)
Before Heads of State and Government in the first special session, for the most part, virtual, of the General Assembly on covid- 19 , Guterres accused some countries, which he did not mention, of ignoring or rejecting the recommendations of the World Health Organization at the beginning of the crisis at the beginning of the year, resulting in nations following their own course and the virus will spread in “all directions” .
"Almost a year after the onset of the pandemic, we are facing a human tragedy, as well as a public health, humanitarian and development emergency," Guterres said.
The UN chief pointed to the increase in poverty, the imminent threat of famine and the prospect of "the largest global economic recession in eight decades", noting that these consequences are not only due to the coronavirus, but are the result of the long-term inequalities and injustices exposed by the pandemic and that must be addressed
General Assembly Chairman Volkan Bozkir opened the two-day session, saying it was historic and a time of reconsideration to forge a path to the end of the pandemic, which not only guarantees people everywhere access to vaccines but also mobilizes financial resources for “an inclusive and resilient recovery.”
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Almost 80 heads of state or government, more than 50 ministers and 10 deputy heads of state or government and vice ministers were scheduled to deliver a speech during the special session, which began with a request from Bozkir to diplomats of the 193 members of the UN to stand in the assembly hall in a silent tribute to the 1.5 million people who died from covid-19.
Bozkir said the session "put multilateralism to the test" and noted that it is clear what the world must do: ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines, work together "to protect the most vulnerable countries," provide enough resources for an economic recovery that exceeds pre-pandemic levels, and adopting policies that do not harm human rights or undermine democratic institutions.
Guterres has called on the Group of 20 - the world's richest countries - to support the Covid-19 Tool Access-Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator) program that aims to develop and distribute vaccines, including Covax, an ambitious global project to purchase and distribute virus vaccines for the most people poor in the world
The Secretary General, evidently frustrated at the lack of an important response, told the rulers that there is a financial gap of 28 thousand million tions of dollars, "which includes 4.3 billion that are urgently needed for the next two months."