The new report, Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic describes the speed and scale of the outbreak, the severity of cases, and the societal and economic disruption of the coronavirus.
“COVID-19 is the greatest test that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations,” underscored the
“This human crisis demands coordinated, decisive, inclusive and innovative policy action from the world's leading economies – and maximum financial and technical support for the poorest and most vulnerable people and countries.”
As strong as weakest health system
He underscored that developed countries must assist those less developed, or potentially “face the nightmare of the disease spreading like wildfire in the global South with millions of deaths and the prospect of the disease re-emerging where it was previously suppressed”.
“Let us remember that we are only as strong as the weakest health system in our interconnected world”, he stressed.
Focus on most vulnerable
In tackling the devastating social and economic dimensions of the crisis, the
Debt alleviation must also be a priority he said, noting that the
“When we get past this crisis, which we will, we will face a choice”, said the
Referencing the 2030 Agenda and the 17
“What the world needs now is solidarity,” stressed the Secretary-General. “With solidarity we can defeat the virus and build a better world”.
Grim 2020 socio-economic estimates
The report includes estimates from a host of
According to the
The report calls for a large-scale, coordinated, comprehensive multilateral response that amounts to at least 10 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) and warns that there is no time to lose in mounting the most robust, cooperative health response the world has ever seen.
“With the right actions, the COVID-19 pandemic can mark the beginning of a new type of global and societal cooperation”, concluded the Secretary-General.