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UN chief urges unity in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for unity in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic and eliminating its consequences. 

New York, 24 April 2020 (MIA) – UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for unity in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic and eliminating its consequences.

According to Guterres, this is a defining moment in human history, and we will only succeed through unity and leadership.

“We must target all our efforts towards beating this pandemic, which could spread like wildfire, with the deadliest consequences for the most vulnerable,” the UN chief told a virtual ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council) forum “Financing Sustainable Development in the Context of COVID-19” on Thursday.

He reiterated his appeal for an immediate global ceasefire, so that all efforts can be focused on the common enemy: the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is not only a health crisis but a human crisis; a jobs crisis; a humanitarian crisis and a development crisis. And it is not just about the most vulnerable. This pandemic shows that we are all at risk, because we are only as strong as the weakest health system. Its unprecedented scale demands an unprecedented response,” Guterres urged.

 

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