UN calls to promote sustainable recovery after COVID-19 pandemic

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Poverty (October 17), United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on countries around the world to promote a transformative, inclusive and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. to eradicate poverty while creating a world of justice, dignity and opportunity for all.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Photo: THX
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Photo: THX

In his message, UN Secretary-General Guterres said for the first time in two decades, extreme poverty is on the rise. Last year, nearly 120 million people fell into poverty as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged economies and societies.

According to him, the uneven recovery is exacerbating inequality between countries in the Northern Hemisphere and countries in the Southern Hemisphere. Inequalities in access to COVID-19 vaccines enable SARS-CoV-2 virus variants to thrive and spread, causing millions of deaths around the world and prolonging an economic downturn that could potentially lead to a recession. can cause trillions of dollars in damage.

Secretary-General Guterres stressed that countries around the world must end this situation, address the risk of default and ensure that investments in recovery are sent to the countries that need it most, thereby creating opportunities for poor people rebuilding better lives in a forward-thinking society.

Children at a refugee camp in Dessie, Ethiopia, August 23, 2021. Photo: AFP
Children at a refugee camp in Dessie, Ethiopia, August 23, 2021. Photo: AFP

The UN chief called on the world to commit to "building a better future". Guterres pointed out that building forward societies requires three key approaches in the global recovery process. First, the recovery process must involve a clear transformation because the world cannot return to the structure it was in before the COVID-19 pandemic, a structure that has witnessed the disadvantages and inequalities that have plagued the situation. persistent poverty.

According to the UN Secretary-General, the world needs to maximize political will and partnerships to achieve common goals. The second is comprehensive recovery, which includes all groups in society, because uneven recovery will leave many people behind, more vulnerable and at risk, making development goals more difficult. Sustainable development becomes more and more difficult to achieve.

Third, recovery must be sustainable because the world needs to be built in a sustainable, carbon-free way and achieve net zero emissions targets. the poor, who are directly affected by government decisions.

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