UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Calls for Global Ceasefire

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed for an immediate ceasefire around the world amidst coronavirus pandemic. He made this appeal through a news conference via interactive teleconferencing on 23rd March. 

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s Press Conference Regarding Coronavirus Outbreak

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres through his address from the United Nations headquarters told reporters that it was the time to silence guns, stop canons, and end airstrikes. It was the time to create corridors for life-saving aid.

He added that it was time to forget about the conflict and focus on the true fight against coronavirus.

Secretary-General also stated that women, children, old age citizens and the disabled people caught in armed conflicts, were the most vulnerable and at the highest risk of suffering from devastating losses from coronavirus.

 He opined that the “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war” the ceasefire would allow humanitarians to reach out to the most vulnerable population in a war zone to the coronavirus.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also pleaded for a international coordination for the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus pandemic has killed over 16,100 people and infected more than 367,000, He said.

United Nation’s Role on Dealing with Coronavirus Pandemic

Guterres also informed that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration were working to reduce the impact of the virus spreading to refugee camps

He further added the United Nations planned to seek 2 Billion Dollars as a part of a global plan and to ask G20 leading government’s help in coordination for suppressing the disease.

Guterres spoke about Syria being in war since 2011, Yemen being in conflict from 5 years and Libya facing rival Government fight for nearly over a year. He also talked about unrest in Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and South Sudan.

According to Experts and diplomats the virus was likely to bring havoc in conflicted countries, which often are very poor and possess fragile healthcare systems.

IMF’S Response to Coronavirus Crisis

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund called for the moment of action and solidarity

She also added in a statement following a conference call with finance officials of the Group of 20 nations that the IMF planned a strong coordinated response to work  with the World Bank and other groups.

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating. It took 67 days from the 1st reported case to reach the first 100K cases.

The World Health Organization has labeled coronavirus a global pandemic and called for action for everyone and everywhere .https://twitter.com/antonioguterres/status/1237861520047886338

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