Antonio Guterres issued the warning during a meeting at the General Assembly Hall in New York. He urged countries to come together and facilitate a global ceasefire as nations scramble to bring the health crisis to an end.
Mr Guterres stressed that the global pandemic was not just a “wake-up call,” but a “dress rehearsal” for future crises.
He said: “COVID-19 has laid bare the world’s fragilities: rising inequalities, climate catastrophe, widening societal divisions, rampant corruption.
“The pandemic has exploited these injustices, preyed on the most vulnerable and wiped away the progress of decades.
“People are hurting, our planet is burning.”
On Tuesday, he called for a 100-day effort by the international community, led by the Security Council, “to make this a reality by the end of the year”.
He added: “At the same time, we must do everything to avoid a new Cold War.”
Mr Guterres also took the opportunity to repeat a statement he made last year to world leaders regarding escalating US-China tensions.
He said: “We are moving in a very dangerous direction.”
“We have 100 days. The clock is ticking.”
He added that the nations that formed the UN 75 years ago “had lived through a pandemic, a global depression, genocide & world war.
“They knew the cost of discord & the value of unity.
“The #COVID19 pandemic is a crisis unlike any we have ever seen.
“Today, we face our own 1945 moment.”
Published at Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:06:00 +0000