Guterres: We've been slow to acknowledge racism inside UN

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 22, 2020

Talking about the "troubling signs", the Secretary-General said that as of September, the rescue packages of G20 countries have committed 50 per cent more in funding in support of fossil fuels than on low-carbon energy. "That means ensuring that vaccines are treated as a global public good - a people's vaccine accessible and affordable to everyone, everywhere", he said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the rocket attacks in Kabul which resulted in the death of nine people and injured almost 50 others.

President Joko Widodo on Saturday participated in the G20 Leaders' Summit, held virtually via video conferencing, from the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java.

He also asked for worldwide support for poor countries to combat the coronavirus outbreak as COVID-19 continues to rage not just in the United States and Europe but also in emerging and developing countries including in Latin America.

"Developed countries can afford to provide enormous relief for their own societies - and they are doing so".

With the pandemic putting developing countries "on the precipice of financial ruin and escalating poverty, hunger and untold suffering", the Secretary-General said will again appeal for stepped-up support from the G20.

"Over the past seven months, countries have invested 10 billion USA dollars in the effort to develop vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics".

The statement said that the upcoming 2020 Afghanistan Conference on November 23-24, co-hosted by Afghanistan, Finland, and the United Nations, is an opportunity to renew commitments to the peaceful development and future prosperity of the country.

The G-20 groups Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

The Debt Service Suspension Initiative was launched in May by the G-20 and Paris Club traditional creditor nations amid the pandemic, which has left vulnerable countries facing higher financing costs.

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