The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is advocating the world’s richest nations do more to assist the poorest nations throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The UN chief talked with Euronews to market a worldwide relief fund to that few nations have pledged financial aid up to now.
The new coronavirus continues to spread across the planet, having already infected over 14.5 million people and caused over 600,000 deaths. Guterres says there is now more than a need for global solidarity and financial aid.
“To react to this dramatic economic and societal consequences of COVID, and also to efficiently manage COVID internationally, we’d require a parcel corresponding to greater than 10 percent of the international market, meaning trillions,” Guterres informed Euronews.
“We see people trillions being spent on developed nations, in the USA, in Europe, but we don’t observe the mobilization of funds to encourage developing nations to do the same”
The United Nations is seeking $10.3 billion (roughly $9 billion) from coronavirus relief financing for the planet’s most delicate nations, but so far, it’s accumulated under a fifth of that sum.
On Saturday, Guterres captured the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture to phone on international leaders to tackle the inequalities laid bare by the pandemic, saying the world was in”breaking point”.
“COVID-19 was likened to an X-ray, showing fractures in the delicate skeleton of the societies we’ve assembled,” Antonio Guterres said in his speech, marking what could have been the birthday of former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mandela.
“It’s exposing fallacies and falsehoods everywhere: The lie that free markets could provide healthcare for everybody, the fiction which unpaid care work isn’t function, the delusion that we are living in a post-racist planet, the fantasy that we’re all in precisely the same boat.”
Talking to Euronews, Guterres said the planet’s most striking scenarios were shrouded”where populist authorities were completely not able to confront COVID successfully”.
“I expect that individuals will feel that we want unity, that we need solidarity we need global collaboration and that we want global governance together with multilateral institutions much more powerful than at the current,” he explained.
The UN says up to 270 million people could face starvation from the end of the year due to the effect of the pandemic.