Advanced countries encouraging developing nations to help fight virus

Obinwannem News Advanced countries encouraging developing nations to help fight virus

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke at a UN headquarters in New York, during a virtual press conference.

The UN Secretary-General has urged developed countries, particularly the G20, to step in and help more developing nations to stop the possible spread of coronavirus in their territories, particularly in Africa.

He spoke at a virtual U.N. headquarters press conference in New York.

Antonio Guterres warned that, unlike any in the organization’s 75-year history, the world is facing a global health crisis which infects the global economy and upsets people’s lives.

He cautioned that a global recession was a near certainty and called on the developed world to help avoid millions

“Our African teams are working very hard with the government to help them, but my very clear appeal to the G20 is to be of special interest to African countries and other developing world countries.

We have to be very vigilant in helping them because the epidemic is coming to them and their health systems are incredibly weak so they need very strong support from the developed world and we would have disastrous effects if that support is refused.

The Secretary-General claims that the latest country-level solutions do not resolve the global scope and nature of the crisis, citing the International Labor Organization (ILO) that by the end of 2020, workers across the world may lose as much as $3.4 trillion in income.

“It is a moment when the world’s leading economies demand concerted, effective and creative policy action. We have to recognize that the poorest and most vulnerable countries – particularly women – will be hit hardest.

Guterres welcomes the convening next week of a G20 Emergency Summit, striking a tone of hope that did correct, they should guide the recovery down a more sustainable and inclusive direction, arguing that two goals were crucial:

“first, resolving health crises by increasing health spending on research, services and healthcare staff, and then focusing on social effects and economic response and recovery.

“Ultimately, we need to concentrate on individuals-the most marginalized, low wage workers, small and medium-sized enterprises.

This means maintaining salaries, pensions, social security, preventing bankruptcies and loss of employment. That also means developing fiscal and monetary responses to ensure the burden is not put on those who can bear it the least.

He encourages nations to ensure that lessons are learned from the current crisis that offers a transformative moment for preparedness for health crises and innovation in vital public infrastructure of the 21st century and the successful delivery of global public goods.

“We need unity, optimism and the political will more than ever before to see this crisis move through together.”

Nwada Amarachi Iheanacho reporting, Obinwannem News

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