Moreover, progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been “thrown off track”, the top UN formal argued. He underscored the need for better security “to detect and monitor viruses with epidemic potential”; resilient health systems backed by universal health coverage; along with a “well-trained, well-equipped and well-paid” health workforces. “The costs have been catastrophic”, Secretary-General António Guterres mentioned in a statement marking the day . International cooperation and multilateralism play an important role in responding to epidemics. UN Member Says have committed to ensure comprehensive, equal and non-discriminatory involvement, with special attention to those, who are vulnerable or in susceptible situations with the highest chance of epidemic infection.
Heed the ‘harsh lessons’
The particular UN system, particularly the World Health Company , plays a pivotal role in coordinating and supporting national, regional plus international efforts responding to epidemics as well as in in preventing, mitigating and addressing the impacts of infectious diseases and epidemic – with all the goal of advancing the 2030 Agenda . And economies have been shattered, health techniques stretched, and trillions of dollars lost. COVID-19 will not be the final epidemic or pandemic mankind faces, he warned. WHO: A worldwide response to a global pandemic
A global battle
Since the pandemic struck, he pointed out that millions of lifestyles have been lost, as hundreds of millions fallen ill. [embedded content]
He highlighted the necessity to “fight the scourge” associated with misinformation and pseudoscience with “science and fact-based information”, reminding that a pandemic cannot be fought country by nation.
“The world must get together. COVID-19 was a wake-up call”, the Secretary-General stated. Partnership and solidarity among every individual, community, State, and region, in all stages of pandemic management, are significant. “As a global community, we must heed the harsh lessons associated with COVID-19 and make striking investments in pandemic readiness, prevention and response”, spelled out the UN chief.
“We also need equitable access to vaccines, treatments, diagnostics and life-saving technologies for all countries”, Mr. Guterres added. “Developing countries had been often left to fend for themselves, shamefully refused the vaccines, tests or even treatments they needed to protect their people”, he lamented. The UN furthermore recalled the value of a One Health method , which fosters the integration of human, pet and plant health, in addition to environmental and other relevant sectors.