UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote a letter to the leaders of the G20 countries and called on them to lift sanctions against the spread of the coronavirus that prevent the delivery of food, medical care and necessities.
In addition, the Secretary General of the world organization called for the removal of restrictions on cross-border trade that affect the delivery of medical equipment, medicines and other goods to fight the epidemic.
“This is a time of solidarity, not isolation. COVID-19 will require a response the likes of which have not been seen before — a “wartime” plan in times of humanitarian crisis. The G20 leadership has an exceptional opportunity to come up with a powerful response package to address various threats from coronavirus. This would demonstrate solidarity with the peoples of the world, especially the most vulnerable.”
In addition, Guterres believes it is necessary to create a response mechanism under the auspices of WHO to combat the effects of coronavirus. According to him, this will strengthen the global response and give more opportunities to stop the virus.
The G20 leaders’ online summit will be held on March 26. Its theme will be a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic .