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Coronavirus pandemic 'will cause famine of biblical proportions' (The Guardian, April 21, 2020)

The Guardian, April 21, 2020 Governments must act now to stop 265 million starving, warns World Food Programme boss Photograph: Md Manik/SOPA Images/Rex/Shutterstock   The world is facing widespread famine “of biblical proportions” because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chief of the UN’s food relief agency has warned, with a short time to act before hundreds of millions starve.   More than 30 countries in the developing world could experience widespread famine, and in 10 of those countries there are already more than 1 million people on the brink of starvation, said David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme.   “ We are not talking about people going to bed hungry,” he told the Guardian in an interview. “We are talking about extreme conditions, emergency status – people literally marching to the brink of starvation. If we don’t get food to people, people will die. ”   Covid-19 is likely to be sweeping through the developing world but its spread is hard to g

I Was the Secretary-General of the U.N. Here's How the Coronavirus Crisis Can Bring the World Together - Ban Ki-moon

There is no precedent in living memory for the challenge that COVID-19 now poses to world leaders. The disease stands poised to cause a far-reaching economic depression and a tragically high number of deaths. Its impact will be felt in every corner of the world. To combat this historic threat, leaders must urgently put aside narrow nationalism and short-term, selfish considerations to work together in the common interest of all humanity. As a former Secretary-General of the U.N., I support the call from my successor António Guterres for an additional $2 billion in humanitarian aid to tackle the pandemic. This aid—which will contribute to key efforts such as developing and distributing tests, treatments and vaccines—is essential to reducing the virus’s spread. I also urge global leaders, led by the U.N., to consider how to develop a global governance system that can cope more effectively with any pandemics that may occur in the future. They should recommit to the values of the U.N. Char

Africa, the world and COVID-19: The perspective of Macky Sall, President of Senegal

<Macky Sall>  Photo Source:  https://www.tellerreport.com/news/2020-01-03---senegal--macky-sall-breaks-the-silence-on-the-3rd-mandate---rfi-.BkDslV731I.html With an estimated population of 1.3 billion, Africa is affected by COVID-19 at a time when several of its countries, despite the challenges of underdevelopment, are on a path to emergence, while others continue to grapple with terrorism. COVID-19 is thus eroding the momentum of some, aggravating the situation of others and undermining the efforts of each and every one. In addition, it will put a strain on already vulnerable national public health systems. At the national level, many countries have already adopted contingency plans to contain the spread of the virus. However, the level of unpreparedness due to the sudden onset of the pandemic, its rapid evolution, and the enormous needs to be addressed, is a clear indication that national measures remain inadequate. Added to this are challenges of importing the equipment, medi

Will we learn lessons for tackling climate change from our current crisis? - Ban Ki-moon

<Ban Ki-moon> Crises tend to bring out some of the best and the worst in us. We have watched in awe and admiration as health care professionals have responded with superhuman dedication to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have heard neighbors serenading each other across balconies. Car manufacturers are retooling to produce respirators and face masks that are so desperately needed by hospitals right now. Around the world, 1.7 billion people are staying at home to slow down the spread of the virus, according to The Guardian. Never, it seems, have there been so many visible acts of collective solidarity, and of such magnitude.   But there have also been acts of craven selfishness. Cyberattacks on Spanish hospitals, where thousands are in intensive care. Profiteering and hoarding of life-saving medical supplies. World leaders who put their citizens in danger by denying the gravity of the situation.   What this shows is that as individuals and as communities, we have a choice in how to resp

Opinion: The pandemic is no time for fiscal distancing - Akinwumi Adesina

<Akinwumi Adesina> These are very difficult days, as the world faces one of its worst challenges ever: the novel coronavirus pandemic. And it seems almost no nation is spared. As infection rates rise, so does panic across financial markets, as economies drastically slow down and supply chains are severely disrupted.      Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. As such, it can no longer be business as usual.  Each day, the situation evolves and requires constant reviews of precautionary measures and strategies. In the midst of all this, we must all worry about the ability of every nation to respond to this crisis. And we must ensure that developing nations are prepared to navigate these uncharted waters fully.    That's why I support the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' urgent call for special resources for the world's developing countries.    In the face of this pandemic, we must put lives above resources and health above debt. Why? Because developi

Sunhak Peace Prize Overview Brochure

The Sunhak Peace Prize honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to peace and human development, conflict resolution, and restoration of balance in the relationship between humanity and the natural environment. ⠀ This brochure contains information about the winners of the 1st to 4th Sunhak Peace Prize. ⠀ The brochure is available in English, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Korean. ⠀ Please refer to the link at the bottom of the video to download. ⠀ Link: http://www.sunhakpeaceprize.org/bbs/board.php?bo_table=34_eng&co_id=5040 ⠀ sunhakpeaceprize, peaceprize, peace, futuregenerations, humanity #sunhakpeaceprize, #peaceprize, #peace, #futuregenerations, #humanity