There's racism in UN - Guterres

Cheryl Sanders
November 22, 2020

"We will spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people", said the countries in the statement.

"We have mobilised resources to address the immediate financing needs in global health to support the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of safe and effective COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines", they said in the statement.

"We need to follow the guidance of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and push for the full and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement", he said.

The two-day online gathering came as global efforts intensify for a large-scale rollout of coronavirus vaccines after a breakthrough in trials, and for G20 nations to plug a $4.5-billion funding shortfall.

The second suggestion is to strengthen global disease surveillance networks so that the world will be better prepared for the next pandemic.

The International Labor Organization says an equivalent of 225 million full-time jobs were lost in G20 countries alone in the third quarter of 2020. As a lesson from the crisis we need to step up global preparedness.

Calling the pandemic "a grave challenge which has exposed the deficiencies of global governance", Xi urged a strengthened UN-centred worldwide system and improvement of the governance architecture for economic globalisation, as well as support to the reform of the World Trade Organisation.

"G20 countries must take decisive action in the boards of multilateral, regional, and national development banks, to urge them to collaborate, provide substantial concessional climate finance to developing countries, including for adaptation and resilience, and re-think their mobilization potential to unlock the trillions held by institutional investors", he said.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has decried the existence of racism in the organisation.

"To contain the virus, stabilise the economy and protect livelihood remains a long and arduous journey for all countries", Xi said, adding, "While containing the virus, we must also stabilise and restore economic growth".

The global economy contracted sharply earlier this year after many countries went into lockdowns to limit the spread of the virus.

Jokowi said the world is now watching and waiting for the meeting of the leaders of the G20 economies who are expected to bring the world out of the health crisis and economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump's robust "America first" trade policy has rankled world leaders.

This was the first time that Saudi Arabia had the honor of holding the Presidency of the G20, and it turned out to be a very challenging year.

They also discussed a number of other crucial global issues such as the economic recovery, the reform of the WTO, the taxation of the digital economy and how to support low-income countries. Addressing racism requires cultural and structural changes.

Guterres will meet G20 leaders online over the weekend, Xinhua news agency reported.

The promise is contained in a final communique released today by the leaders of the world's 20 richest countries following two days of virtual discussions hosted by Saudi Arabia.

The G20 also called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to continue exploring additional tools that could help its members as the crisis evolves. So we can not resolve this issue in certain parts of the world because the rest of the world will suffer.

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