World facing most challenging crisis since Second World War, UN chief says
The world is facing the most challenging crisis since the Second World War as it confronts a pandemic threatening people in every country, the UN’s secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, has warned.
Mr Guterres said the outbreak will bring a recession “that probably has no parallel in the recent past.”
Speaking at the launch of a report yesterday on the socioeconomic impacts of Covid-19 he said there is also a risk the combination of the disease and its economic impact will contribute to “enhanced instability, enhanced unrest, and enhanced conflict.”
Mr Guterres called for a stronger and more effective global response to the coronavirus pandemic and to the social and economic devastation Covid-19 is causing.
He stressed 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.”
“The magnitude of the response must match the scale of the crisis – large-scale, coordinated and comprehensive, with country and international responses being guided by the World Health Organisation,” the secretary-general said, noting that not all countries are following WHO guidelines.
Mr Guterres announced the establishment of a Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund to support efforts in low- and middle-income countries, with the aim of swiftly enabling governments to tackle the crisis and promote recovery.