UN Calls COVID-19 a Global Health Emergency Requiring Action to Combat It
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
A newly released UN report said “COVID-19 is attacking societies at their core, claiming lives and people’s livelihoods,” adding:
“The potential longer-term effects on the global economy and those of individual countries are dire.”
The report titled “Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19” called increasing outbreaks of the highly contagious disease “a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations — one that is killing people, spreading human suffering, and upending people’s lives.”
Dealing with the global health emergency requires all nations to work cooperatively with each other to contain outbreaks, reduce and eliminate their transmission, and treat infected patients until their health is restored.
As the world’s richest country, the US must step up to the plate like never before to combat the growing health crisis.
The economy can wait. Sick or scared to death huddled masses need their illness cured and fears eased to restore what at best will be a new normal when current crisis conditions end.
Combatting COVID-19 is a global public and personal health issue. It’s a fundamental human rights issue.
It’s an economic issue as second priority to the above ones. If shelter in place, social distancing, and lockdowns are ended prematurely, new waves of outbreaks may happen.
If things are unsettled and people remain scared at worst, extremely cautious at best, they may be reluctant to patronize reopened stores, restaurants, and sports venues, nor calmly visit other public places and spaces.
To prevent large-scale human suffering and loss of life so a degree of normality can be restored, including to the economy so people can go back to work, an unprecedented amount of public spending is needed to help ordinary people cope during this troubled time.
The UN called for ramping up healthcare spending “right away to meet urgent needs (for) tests, expanded treatment facilities, adequate medical supplies and more health care workers; and for health system preparedness and response in countries where the virus has not yet manifested or where there is no community transmission to date.”
Along with healthcare for everyone needing it, “everything possible (must be done) to cushion the knock-on effects on millions of people’s lives, their livelihoods and the real economy.”
“That means the direct provision of resources to support workers and households, provision of health and unemployment insurance, scale-up of social protection, and support to businesses to prevent bankruptcies and massive job losses” already occurring.
“That also means designing fiscal and monetary responses to ensure that the burden does not fall on those countries who can least bear it.”
Russia, China, and Cuba are in the vanguard of aiding other countries in need.
Washington’s agenda is polar opposite, wanting control over other nations, their resources looted, their people exploited, their fundamental rights, needs and welfare ignored — instead of taking the lead in providing humanitarian aid abroad and to its own people, especially its most vulnerable.
The UN called for unprecedented bold action — a “large-scale, coordinated and comprehensive multilateral response amounting to at least 10 per cent of global GDP.”
The UN largely operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the US imperial state.
The growing global COVID-19 health crisis is a time for the world body to break the chain, declare its independence, and operate according to what its Charter mandates, namely:
1. “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
2. to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
3. to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.”
There’s more including the following:
4. “to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and
to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
5. to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
6. to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples.”
Instead of upholding the above principles, UN secretaries general and most other top world body officials abandoned them in service to their imperial master.
It’s time for that to change and never look back — and move UN headquarters out of New York to a humanity-friendly location.
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