UNITED NATIONS – United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for global “solidarity” and cooperation on socio-economic fronts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“The world is facing an unprecedented test,” he said in a report on the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. “We must respond decisively, innovatively and together to suppress the spread of the virus and address the socio-economic devastation that COVID-19 is causing in all regions.”
“What the world needs now is solidarity,” he stressed. “With solidarity we can defeat the virus and build a better world.”
The UN chief said the magnitude of the response must match the scale of the crisis: large-scale, coordinated and comprehensive, with the country and international responses being guided by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Guterres said that the COVID-19 pandemic is the most challenging crisis since the Second World War as it represents a threat to everybody.
The pandemic “represents a threat to everybody in the world and … it has an economic impact that will bring a recession that probably has no parallel in the recent past,” Guterres said on Tuesday at the virtual press launch of the UN report “Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.”
The UN is setting up a Trust Fund for COVID-19 Response and Recovery to support low- and middle-income countries “to respond to the emergency and recover from the socio-economic shock,” he said.