Guterres: The world is at a critical juncture due to the pandemic

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world was at a "critical juncture" and called for a new model of global governance to address the inequalities exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

In an online lecture, Guterres said the pandemic "has been compared to an x-ray, which reveals fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built."

"You are exposing mistakes and lies everywhere, lies that free markets can provide health care for all, that unpaid care work is not work, that we are living in a post-racist world and the myth that we are all in the same boat. ", Said the head of the UN.

He described the main drivers of inequality, including systemic racism, the legacy of colonialism, patriarchy, gaps in access to technology, and inequalities in global governance.

"The nations that emerged at the helm of 70 years ago have refused to think about the reforms needed to change the relationship of power in international institutions," Guterres said in an open speech.

Guterres said the response to the pandemic "must be based on a new social contract and a new global agreement that creates equal opportunities for all and respects the rights and freedoms of all."

"The new model will ensure inclusive and equal participation in global institutions, equitable globalization, a stronger voice for the developing world in global decision-making and a more comprehensive and balanced multilateral trading system," he said. /

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