Secretary-General’s video message for the Launch of the Policy Brief entitled “COVID-19 in an Urban World”

Urban areas are ground zero of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 90 per cent of reported cases.

Cities are bearing the brunt of the crisis – many with strained health systems, inadequate water and sanitation services, and other challenges.

This is especially the case in poorer areas, where the pandemic has exposed deeply rooted inequalities. Continue reading

Temporary Basic Income to protect the world’s poorest people could slow the surge in COVID-19 cases, says UNDP

The immediate introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for the world’s poorest people could slow the current surge in COVID-19 cases by enabling nearly three billion people to stay at home, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report named Temporary Basic Income: Protecting Poor and Vulnerable People in Developing Countries .

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Secretary-General’s remarks to Tsinghua University – “Global Lecture on Climate Change – Recover Better Together”

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Let me begin by thanking Minister Xie Zhenhua, President of the Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development at Tsinghua University.

Thank you for your kind invitation and even more for your global leadership.

And it is a pleasure to greet the students of Tsinghua University — and your partners around the world. Continue reading

New COVID-19 Law Lab to provide vital legal information and support for the global COVID-19 response

The COVID-19 Law Lab initiative gathers and shares legal documents from over 190 countries across the world to help states establish and implement strong legal frameworks to manage the pandemic. The goal is to ensure that laws protect the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and that they adhere to international human rights standards. More

Secretary-General António Guterres message on Policy Brief on Arab Region

COVID-19 and the Arab Region: An Opportunity to Build Back Better

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fault lines, fissures and fragilities in societies and economies around the world – and the Arab region is no exception.

The region is blessed with tremendous diversity and potential. Yet all Arab countries – whether oil-rich, middle-income or least developed – face difficulties in responding. Continue reading

Amid fears of worst recession in decades, urgent calls for solidarity, a united economic front

With multilateral cooperation under strain, senior UN officials, Nobel laureates and eminent academic experts, gathered virtually on Wednesday for the launch of a new report recommending “an adjusted approach” to economic development, and a policy dialogue exploring how countries can recover from COVID-19, in ways that lead to real structural transformation.

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‘Inequality defines our time’: UN chief delivers hard-hitting Mandela day message

Mr. Guterres began by noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has played an important role in highlighting growing inequalities, and exposing the myth that everyone is in the same boat, because “while we are all floating on the same sea, it’s clear that some are in super yachts, while others are clinging to the drifting debris.”

While we are all floating on the same sea, it’s clear that some are in super yachts while others are clinging to the drifting debris -António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations

Global risks ignored for decades – notably inadequate health systems, gaps in social protection, structural inequalities, environmental degradation, and the climate crisis – have been laid bare, he said. The vulnerable are suffering the most: those living in poverty, older people, and people with disabilities and pre-existing conditions. More