UN / FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT COVID-19

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Secretary-General António Guterres noted that just 10 countries account for around 75 percent of global COVID-19 vaccinations, while other countries have yet to start. He said, “a global vaccine gap threatens everyone’s health and wellbeing.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

12 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Guterres walks up to rostrum
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Just 10 countries across the world account for around 75 percent of global vaccinations. Many countries have yet to start vaccinating their healthcare workers and most vulnerable citizens. A global vaccine gap threatens everyone’s health and wellbeing. The virus is dangerous everywhere if it spreads unchecked anywhere. And global value chains do not function if one link is broken. Some estimates put the global cost of unequal access and vaccine hoarding at more than nine trillion US dollars.”
4. Med shot, ECOSOC President Munir Akram
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Since the pandemic began one year ago, no element of our multilateral response has gone as it should. More than 3 million people have lost their lives. Some 120 million people have fallen back into extreme poverty, while the equivalent of 255 million full-time jobs have been lost. We have seen the worst recession in 90 years. And the crisis is far from over.”
6. Med shot, delegate, Antigua and Barbuda
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We must make sure funds go where they are needed most. Latest reports indicate that there has been a five trillion US dollars surge in the wealth of the world’s richest in the past year. I urge governments to consider a solidarity or wealth tax on those who have profited during the pandemic, to reduce extreme inequalities.”
8. Med shot, Akram
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Imran Khan, Prime Minister, Pakistan:
“The international community must ensure that the vaccine is available to everyone, everywhere, as soon as possible. If not, the virus will roam around and come back. Production of the vaccine must be ramped up. Patent and technology-transfer restrictions should be waived to enable this. Vaccine nationalism and export restrictions are deplorable; as is the use of the vaccine to advance national foreign policy objectives.”
10. Wide shot, General Assembly

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (12 Apr) noted that just 10 countries account for around 75 percent of global COVID-19 vaccinations, while other countries have yet to start. He said, “a global vaccine gap threatens everyone’s health and wellbeing.”

Addressing a special segment on COVID-19 of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development, Guterres said, “the virus is dangerous everywhere if it spreads unchecked anywhere.”

The Secretary-General said, “since the pandemic began one year ago, no element of our multilateral response has gone as it should. More than 3 million people have lost their lives. Some 120 million people have fallen back into extreme poverty, while the equivalent of 255 million full-time jobs have been lost. We have seen the worst recession in 90 years. And the crisis is far from over.”

He called for urgent action in six areas, including vaccines, concessional financing, debt crisis, investment, sustainability and taxation

He said, “we must make sure funds go where they are needed most. Latest reports indicate that there has been a five trillion US dollars surge in the wealth of the world’s richest in the past year. I urge governments to consider a solidarity or wealth tax on those who have profited during the pandemic, to reduce extreme inequalities.”

In his opening speech to the Forum, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan said, “the international community must ensure that the vaccine is available to everyone, everywhere, as soon as possible. If not, the virus will roam around and come back. Production of the vaccine must be ramped up. Patent and technology-transfer restrictions should be waived to enable this. Vaccine nationalism and export restrictions are deplorable; as is the use of the vaccine to advance national foreign policy objectives.”

The 2021 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development aims to achieve two main objectives; driving a high-level political engagement to advance priority actions that will set the world on track for the recovery and beyond; and promoting sharing of concrete national, regional and global experiences and initiatives on financing the SDGs in a rapidly evolving context.

The Forum will build on the work of various processes, including the high-level initiative on financing for development in the era of COVID-19 and beyond.
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