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Coronavirus outbreak is the world’s worst crisis since Second World War: UN chief

Coronavirus outbreak is the world’s worst crisis since Second World War: UN chief

2020-04-01 4:22:00 AM

Coronavirus outbreak is the world’s worst crisis since Second World War: UN chief

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a much stronger and more effective global response to the coronavirus pandemic and to the social and economic devastation that COVID-19 is causing.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that the world faces the most challenging crisis since World War II, confronting a pandemic threatening people in every country, one that will bring a recession “that probably has no parallel in the recent past.”

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There is also a risk that the combination of the disease and its economic impact will contribute to “enhanced instability, enhanced unrest, and enhanced conflict,” the U.N. chief said at the launch of a report on the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19.

Guterres called for a much stronger and more effective global response to thepandemic and to the social and economic devastation that COVID-19 is causing.READ MORE:He stressed that this will only be possible “if everybody comes together and if we forget political games and understand that it is humankind that is at stake.”

Story continues below advertisement“We are facing a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations — one that is killing people, spreading human suffering, and upending people’s lives,” the report said. “But this is much more than a health crisis. It is a human crisis. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is attacking societies at their core.”

The secretary-general told reporters: “The magnitude of the response must match the scale of the crisis — large-scale, co-ordinated and comprehensive, with country and international responses being guided by the World Health Organization.”5:19Coronavirus outbreak: Cuomo says brother has COVID-19 as new cases surge over 9,000 in New York

Coronavirus outbreak: Cuomo says brother has COVID-19 as new cases surge over 9,000 in New YorkHe stressed that “we are still very far from where we need to be to effectively fight the COVID-19 worldwide and to be able to tackle the negative impacts on the global economy and the global societies.”

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“Let us remember that we are only as strong as the weakest health system in our interconnected world,” he said. “It is essential that developed countries immediately assist those less developed to bolster their health systems and their response capacity to stop transmission.”

Secondly, he said, while $5 trillion has been mobilized, most of that money was by the developed world — including US$2 trillion in the United States — to support their own economies from the consequences of the pandemic.Story continues below advertisement

Comparing coronavirus responses: What did Canada and the U.S. do differently?“We are far from having a global package to help the developing world to create the conditions both to suppress the disease and to address the dramatic consequences in their populations, in the people that lost their jobs, the small companies that are operating and risk to disappear, those that live with the informal economy that now have no chance to survive,” he said. “Massive support to the developing world is still required.”

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The report also cites International Labor Organization estimates for 2020 that between 5 million and 25 million jobs will be lost, with a corresponding loss of between $860 million and $3.4 trillion in labour income. It also cited an estimate by the U.N. trade and development organization UNCTAD of a 30-40 per cent “downward pressure” on global foreign direct investment flows this year.

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He expressed hope that there will be “a positive response” from the international community to help vulnerable people including the tens of millions of refugees and internally displaced people, those in the slums of big cities in the global south, and poor people in middle-income countries who are more numerous than in the least developed countries.

Story continues below advertisementThe secretary-general said developed countries must massively increase the resources available to the developing world by expanding the capacity of the IMF to issue special drawing rights, and enabling other international financial institutions to rapidly inject resources into countries that need them.

READ MORE:Coronavirus: How COVID-19 is spreading across CanadaGuterres said he strongly supports an idea from French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at last week’s summit of the Group of 20 major industrialized nations that there should be a G20 initiative to help Africa.

“But, again, we must act quickly to make it happen,” he said. “If not, the African continent will have enormous difficulties in facing this challenge.”

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It’s ccp virus which killed those innocents all around world...it’s ccp’s dirty and inhumanity plan which is still killing more innocent people all around world...evil ccp must be punished for a better life of all chinese as well as the rest of world people... It's the worlds worst crisis courtesy of a dirty communist government. And they , the UN and WHO, must pay. Along with the Canadian government and their alarmingly close ties. Boycott anyone Company, Canadian or otherwise. That does business there.

I said that exactly one month ago ..... Has there ever been anybody so well compensated and yet so irrelevant? That old man is suffering alzheimer. Did he forget the cold war? So give us more $$$!!! What an idiot. It’s not even in the top ten this year. NBA_Reporting UN trying to be relevant after they got their sorry ass*s handed to them

ya but there no change the german come in wipe are corrupt lowlife freak cult goverment out is there ,,,,cunt got sick better now so ,,,the dream is gone And yet what is the UN really doing. Yeah now that you’ve talked to this POS, I’m pretty sure there’s shady shit going on. Collapsing our global economies to create a depression and a new world order and currency.

sunlorrie ....because of the UN and WHO! But please send us your money. Bigger than the Cuban Missle Crisis? So maybe if we could NEVER hear what this man has to say. Media wants to ban Trump, this is the real devil people!! At least people voted for Trump. This toxic pill the world is being forced to take! He has ZERO accountability to the people.

I know it’s dangerous and people need to be careful but Spanish Flu killed 500 million. We are at less than 1 million infections worldwide so far. I assume it’s far higher than that but the planet is doing a good job isolating. We need a 30 day push here to get ahead of this ! Not even close. Globalization is worse because it caused it.

Fear mongering like this , does not help . All it does it cause people to go in panic mode . You think 🤔 Not the Great Depression, the Greatest Depression. I’m sure the UN and the world bank are just frothing at the mouth waiting to take advantage of this crisis.. BS. Globalist Liberal word salad. Like Global News

Red alert 🚨 bull shit meter just exploded ! Useless money grabbing institution... sunlorrie Spoken like a comfortable westerner. I'm sure much of the rest of the world suffering from war or communism, might have a different idea for 2 on this list. sunlorrie So the worst crisis was started by a German socialist government and the second was developed by the chinese communist party. I'm starting to see a pattern

Another corrupt windbag speaks the Doom and Gloom!! He sounds like someone looking for global funding for 3rd world countries... Well it's not as bad as UN wanted Well no shit Oh cmon how you can compare WWII and pandemia in XXI century. You have all necessery resources and technology nowadays. Do otherG20 countries have an epidemic watch dog like the one Trump dismantled in America ? The world can no longer solely depend on US leadership this is the biggest lesson of this pandemic ...

Like you and your crew could ever contribute anything useful. What a waste of time and money. And our PM has wasted far too much political capital wanting a seat on such a useless organization I would rate Bush/Cheney lies to go to war right up there. 19 years of nothing but spreading hate. Thanks China. At least you are starting to use war and the China Coronavirus in the same sentence. It’s a biological attack. Plain and simple. China is pure evil. ChinaLiedPeopleaDied

sunlorrie The worst crisis in the world and danger to people are the UN and WHO We'll see this weekend when it's sunny and 12C and everyone is down by the lake enjoying the crisis. sunlorrie Starting to sound like climate change style announcements. Yeah, no agenda here.

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