UN Photo/Loey Felipe Secretary-General António Guterres holds a virtual press briefing on the impact of his call for a global ceasefire during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We know the pandemic is having profound social, economic and political consequences, including relating to international peace and security”, Secretary-General António Guterres said, in a virtual press conference outlining the impact so far of the ceasefire appeal. There should be only one fight in our world today, he said, issuing a loud clarion call to join “our shared battle against COVID-19”.
UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the media on the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UN chief launches a new plan to counter the potentially devasting socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on everyone to “act together to lessen the blow to people”. “The new coronavirus disease is attacking societies at their core, claiming lives and people’s livelihoods”, said Secretary-General António Guterres, pointing out that the potential longer-term effects on the global economy and individual countries are “dire”.
UN News/Daniel Dickenson Secretary-General António Guterres appeals for a global ceasefire in a virtual press conference broadcast on UN Web TV.
Secretary-General António Guterres urges warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against COVID-19: the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind. “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war”, he said. “That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.”
UN Photo/Manuel Elias Secretary-General António Guterres holds a virtual press conference on the global COVID-19 crisis.
As public fear and uncertainty grow around the COVID-19 pandemic, “more than ever before, we need solidarity, hope and the political will to see this crisis through together,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in his first virtual press conference. Unlike any global health crisis in the 75-year history of the United Nations, the coronavirus pandemic is “spreading human suffering, infecting the global economy and upending people’s lives”, he added.
UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) chairs a meeting on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, as it relates to UN staff members as well as to coordinate the UN message in regards to the outbreak.
In a video message recorded on Friday, UN chief António Guterres assured the world that the COVID-19 virus will peak, and the global economy will recover but, until then, “we must act together to slow the spread of the virus and look after each other”.
António Guterres (left) meets internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bangassou, Central African Republic
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