Pandemic recovery must put people first: UN Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (Photo via UN)

(United Nations) People must be at the heart of post-pandemic recovery, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a global meeting that opened on Tuesday to examine the economic and social impact of the crisis. 

Although COVID-19 caught the world unprepared, “we cannot let this happen again,” he said in a video message to the Global Forum for Human-centred recovery, organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO). 

The three-day forum is being held online and brings together world leaders, heads of international organisations and multilateral development banks, and representatives from employers’ and workers’ groups from across the world.  

“We need a human-centred, green recovery that puts people first,” said Mr. Guterres. 

“Putting people first means achieving universal social protection, the best line of defence against shocks of all kinds and critical to a just transition.”  

The UN chief commended the ILO for convening the forum, which comes at a crucial time for countries, economies, families and workers. 

Read more at: United Nations News

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