United Nations
United Nations 28 Apr 2020

UN chief on climate change and COVID-19 at the Petersberg Virtual Dialogue (Berlin, Germany)


António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) at the Petersberg Virtual Dialogue (Berlin, Germany)

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies and economies to global shocks, such as disease or climate disruption.
As we recover, we must build back better for people and the planet.
We have the guides and tools we need -- the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Governments have pledged to present, within a year, new nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
This commitment must be maintained.
And the main economies, the G20 countries, must lead by example.
I have proposed six climate-positive actions for building back:
Invest in green jobs.
Do not bail out polluting industries.
End fossil-fuel subsidies.
Take climate risks into account in all financial and policy decisions.
Work together.
And, most important, leave no one behind.
Together, we can improve health, reduce inequalities and re-energize struggling economies.
Like the coronavirus, greenhouse gases respect no boundaries.
Isolation is not a solution.
No country can succeed alone.

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Opening remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations on the Commemoration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2020 - Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace.

"(...)The pandemic has required us to hold the ceremonies for the Military Gender Advocate Award and the Dag Hammarskjold Medal virtually.
But what the virus has not changed is the service, sacrifice and selflessness of the more than 95,000 women and men serving in 13 peacekeeping operations around the world.
Every day, our peacekeepers continue to protect vulnerable local populations, support dialogue and implement their mandates while fighting COVID-19. 
They are doing everything they can to be an integral part of the solution to this crisis while keeping themselves - and the communities they serve - safe.
As always, they give the United Nations family many reasons to be proud.
But the virus is not the only threat that our peacekeepers face. Hostile acts, improvised explosive devices, accidents and diseases continue to take a heavy toll.
Today, with the awarding of the Dag Hammarskjold medal, we pay tribute to the 83 military, police and civilian personnel from 39 countries who lost their lives last year serving in UN peace operations.
I honor their memory and express my deepest condolences to their families. I hope that this medal offers them a measure of comfort (...)" - António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations [Excerpt].
It should be one of the simplest questions for the government to answer since Matt Hancock made his pledge to carry out 100,000 tests a day: how many people have been tested for COVID-19 in the UK?

But the chief executive of the UK Statistics Authority has criticised the government for presenting data on testing that doesn't serve its purpose and might be misleading.

Ed Conway has taken a deep dive into the data to see what is really going on with our COVID-19 testing.

#coronavirus #COVID19 #UK
"We don't actually have that answer yet:" a top WHO official says it's not known how frequently people without symptoms of COVID-19 pass the disease on to others - a day after appearing to suggest that such spread is "very rare."

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