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UN calls for action to address impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

POSTED January 18, 2022

UN calls for action to address impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

World and business leaders urged to have solidarity to address needs

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This week, the World Economic Forum is being held virtually and António Guterres, United Nations’ secretary-general, used the opportunity to call for action from world and business leaders as “global solidarity is missing” he said. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Forum organizers decided to forego the annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, and hold the event online as The Davos Agenda. Guterres said this year’s event takes place “in the shadow of an enormously difficult period for economies, people and our planet,” and presented details from the UN’s economic forecast, released last week.

That report shows the world is emerging from the depths of a paralyzing economic crisis and that recovery remains fragile and uneven. Based on this, Guterres called for the world to address three urgent issues:

  • Confront the pandemic with equity and fairness
  • Take urgent action to reform the global financial system
  • Create climate action plans in developing countries

“The last two years have demonstrated a simple but brutal truth — if we leave anyone behind, we leave everyone behind,” the UN chief said.

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