U.N. Chief Antonio Guterres: Misinformation About COVID-19 Is the New Enemy

(UNITED NATIONS) — U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres stated Friday the world isn’t solely combating the “widespread enemy” of the coronavirus “however our enemy can be the rising surge of misinformation” about COVID-19 illness.

To beat the virus, he stated, “we have to urgently promote details and science” and “promote hope and solidarity over despair and division.”

Guterres stated the U.N. is launching a COVID-19 Communications for Solidarity Initiative to quickly inform folks in regards to the details and science, “and promote and encourage acts of humanity world wide.”

The U.N. chief additionally urged all nations “to face up in opposition to the rise in hate crimes concentrating on people and teams perceived to be related to the coronavirus.” He didn’t establish any targets however Asians, and particularly ethnic Chinese language, have reported being singled out for assaults.

Miguel Moratinos, head of the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations, and Adama Dieng, the U.N. particular adviser on the prevention of genocide, issued a joint assertion Thursday expressing grave concern on the improve in stigma, hate speech and hate crimes over the pandemic.

“We’re all dealing with the identical enemy, one which is invisible, quickly advancing, taking lives away and inflicting havoc indiscriminately,” they stated. “However permitting it to tear aside the material of our societies is maybe one of the crucial critical upheavals that the COVID-19 pandemic is inflicting upon our world.”

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Guterres additionally urged nations to assist obtain a constructive response to his name for opponents all over the place “to silence the weapons and as a substitute to assist create corridors for life-saving support and open valuable home windows for diplomacy.”

The secretary-general referred to as for nations to reply generously to the U.N. humanitarian attraction for $2 billion to fund the struggle in opposition to COVID-19 on the earth’s poorest nations.

“We should come to assistance from the ultra-vulnerable — hundreds of thousands upon hundreds of thousands of people who find themselves least capable of shield themselves,” Guterres stated. “Restoration should handle the inequalities, together with gender inequalities, which are leaving so many extra folks weak to social and financial shocks.”

He spoke on the first joint video briefing for the 193 U.N. member nations that additionally included the presidents of the Safety Council, Normal Meeting and the Financial and Social Council in addition to a query and reply session. The video failed for about 10 minutes whereas the secretary-general was talking, however then resumed.

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