UN chief, Antonio Guterres, warned that the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to unimaginable devastation and could lead to severe hunger and famine. He also said that if all nations did not respond collectively to this great situation, the global output would be reduced by 8.5 trillion-dollar. "We should avoid this," the UN secretary-general said at a high-level program on financing for development on Thursday. The pandemic has brought out our weakness. Despite all the technological and scientific advances of recent decades, we are in an unprecedented humanitarian crisis due to a microscopic virus.
He stressed the need to respond to this unprecedented crisis with solidarity. "If we do not act now, the Covid-19 epidemic will cause unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world," Guterres said. There will be terrible hunger and famine. More than six crore people will go into extreme poverty. About half of the global workforce, i.e., 1.6 billion people will be without a livelihood. He said that due to the epidemic, global production may be reduced by the US $8500 billion, which will be the fastest reduction after the Great Sandri of 1930.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 58 lakh people worldwide have been infected with coronavirus, and more than 3.6 lakh people have died so far. Later, through a video conference with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Guterres said the world is suffering from many major weaknesses: weak health systems, climate change, extreme levels of inequality.
"We see signs of these weaknesses in other places, from the growing risk of nuclear proliferation to the chaos of cyberspace," he said. Ignoring these warnings is a senseless arrogance. Humility, unity, and solidarity are needed to deal with the dangers of our existence.
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