United Nations (New York), Dec 1, : UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that “the only way to escape a Pandemic in the world and out of this unjust, immoral situation is through a worldwide vaccination campaign.”The Secretary General spoke at a meeting of Foreign Ministers of China and Group of 77 (G77), at UN Headquarters in New York.He noted that the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to wreak havoc on both developed and developing nations.
He said that the UN supports the World Health Organization’s vaccination strategy, which aims to get vaccines into the hands of 40% of all people by 2021 and 70% by 2022.
“Everyone must have access to Covid-19 vaccinations, tests, and treatment,” said the top UN official, asking for support for Covax and the ACT-accelerator.
Guterres said that the world economy will grow by 5.9% in 2021.However, recovery is very slow.
According to Xinhua news agency, when developed economies invest 28 percent of their GDP in recovery, middle-income countries invest 6%, while least developed countries invest only 1.8%.This is not surprising to him.
The International Monetary Fund projects that Sub-Saharan Africa’s cumulative economic growth per person over the next five year will be 75% lower than the rest.
“This dangerous divergence could widen as growth rates are expected decrease in 2022.He warned that rising inflation could have a negative effect on the cost of borrowing or servicing debt.
The UN Chief addressed climate change, inequality and the development and use of new technologies.He called for “a quantum leap of unity and solidarity” in order to address these global issues.
During the Pandemic, Secretary General highlighted the importance and role of the UN and multilateralism.
UN country teams issued socio-economic response plans to 139 countries and territories.
Nearly $3 billion was used to prioritise urgent support and another $2 billion was mobilised.
The Secretary General believes that recent reforms have enabled the world body’s ability to adapt and respond quickly.
He said that more than 90% of host governments indicated that the UN is more relevant today to their country’s needs for development than it was three years ago.
The UN Chief stated that the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement must be addressed.He also said that the Decade of Action must be intensified to achieve the sustainable development goals.This is essential to achieve fair globalization, economic growth, and conflict prevention.
Guterres noted that the outcome of COP26 at Glasgow was not enough to keep Paris’ 1.5-degree promise alive.He said that he hopes for the G77 and China to “increase ambition and push for that ambition, not only on mitigation but also on adaptation — a fundamental need in so many countries — and on finance and loss and damage, which we still have a long way to travel.”
He stated that “We need a quantum leap of unity and solidarity to make collective decision on the global challenges we face, including the climate crisis, our suicidal war against nature, unsustainable levels and unchecked advancement of new technologies, and the climate crisis.”