The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cautioned the public that coronavirus pandemic has exposed global inequality.
Mr. Guterres said while delivering the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture that coronavirus has revealed “fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built”.
He pushed for New Global Deal to make sure power, wealth, and opportunity are shared broadly and in a fair way at the international level.
“The nations that came out on top more than seven decades ago have refused to contemplate the reforms needed to change power relations in international institutions,”
“The composition and voting rights in the United Nations Security Council and the boards of the Bretton Woods system are a case in point.”
He continued, “Inequality starts at the top: in global institutions. Addressing inequality must start by reforming them,”
He said that coronavirus pandemic has been exposed like an x-ray, “fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built.”
“It is exposing fallacies and falsehoods everywhere: the lie that free markets can deliver healthcare for all; the fiction that unpaid care work is not work; the delusion that we live in a post-racist world; the myth that we are all in the same boat,”
He continued, “Because while we are all floating on the same sea, it’s clear that some are in superyachts while others are clinging to the floating debris,”
On the other hand, Mr. Guterres also said that developed countries have failed to deliver the support needed for the developing world. He added that the Covid-19 pandemic has “brought home the tragic disconnect between self-interest and the common interest; and the huge gaps in governance structures and ethical frameworks.”
In the end, he said, “Now is the time for global leaders to decide: Will we succumb to chaos, division, and inequality? Or will we right the wrongs of the past and move forward together, for the good of all?”