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09 September 2020 22:47

Libya Tripoli Khalifa Haftar

UN secretary-general calls COVID-19 result of ‘millennia of patriarchy’

Mr Guterres was quoted as saying: 'The #COVID19 pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls & boys.' World powers must pull together and retool their economies for a green future or humanity is "doomed", UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned, telling AFP that failure to control the coronavirus pandemic illustrates the danger of disunity. In a searing assessment of the international response, Guterres said the pandemic should sharpen governments' focus on cutting emissions, urging them to use the crisis as a springboard to launch "transformational" policies aimed at weaning societies off fossil fuels. "I think the failure that was shown in the capacity to contain the spread of the virus — by the fact that there was not enough international coordination in the way the virus was fought — that failure must make countries understand that they need to change course," he told AFP. The UN chief said "pollution and not people" should be taxed and called for nations to end fossil fuel subsidies, launch massive investments in renewables and commit to "carbon neutrality" — net zero emissions — by 2050. "We need to have a number of transformational measures in relation to energy, in relation to transportation, in relation to agriculture, in relation to industry, in relation to our own way of life, without which we would be doomed," he said.

His comments come as the landmark Paris climate deal goes into effect this year in a bid to cap the rise in temperature to "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. Guterres said there was currently no clear sign that a United States government recovery policy would align with Paris goals, but he expressed hope that states, businesses and individuals "will compensate for the lack of political commitment that exists at the present moment". He said much now rests on the actions of major emitters, China, the US, Europe, Russia, India and Japan, in interviews with AFP and other members of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of news outlets committed to increased climate coverage. "The expectations that we have in relation to the next five years about storms, about drought and about other dramatic impacts in the living conditions of many people around the world are absolutely terrible," Guterres said, ahead of a multi-agency climate report on Wednesday. Investing in green energy creates three times more jobs than investing in fossil fuel energy, according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in a powerful call for governments to address climate change and inequalities, and to rebuild from the pandemic into a "new normal".

World powers must pull together and retool their economies for a green future or humanity is "doomed", UN chief António Guterres has warned, telling AFP that failure to control the coronavirus pandemic illustrates the danger of disunity. The coronavirus crisis may have shunted climate into the sidelines as nations launched unprecedented shutdowns to try to slow its spread, but Guterres said the need for climate action was more urgent than ever. In a searing assessment of the international response, Guterres said the pandemic should sharpen governments' focus on cutting emissions, urging them to use the crisis as a springboard to launch "transformational" policies aimed at weaning societies off fossil fuels. I think the failure that was shown in the capacity to contain the spread of the virus – by the fact that there was not enough international coordination in the way the virus was fought – that failure must make countries understand that they need to change course. The UN chief said "pollution and not people" should be taxed and renewed calls for nations to end fossil fuel subsidies, launch massive investments in renewables and commit to "carbon neutrality" – net zero emissions – by 2050.

"We need to have a number of transformational measures in relation to energy, in relation to transportation, in relation to agriculture, in relation to industry, in relation to our own way of life, without which we would be doomed," he said. His comments come as the landmark Paris climate deal goes into effect this year, kicking off efforts to cap the rise in temperature to "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. The accord was already on a knife edge before the pandemic, with doubts over commitments from major polluting nations and concerns that it is still far short of what science says is needed to avert disastrous climate change. He said much now rests on the actions of the six biggest emitters – China, the US, Europe, Russia, India and Japan – ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, which will be held virtually this month. "We have never been as fragile as we are, we never needed as much humility, unity and solidarity as now," he added in a series of interviews with AFP and other members of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of news outlets committed to increased climate coverage.

"The expectations that we have in relation to the next five years about storms, about drought and about other dramatic impacts in the living conditions of many people around the world are absolutely terrible," Guterres said, ahead of a multi-agency climate report on Wednesday. We can either rebuild as it was—which is a huge mistake because of the fragilities of the world, facing pandemics, climate change, lawlessness in cyberspace, etc.—or we can rebuild a more inclusive and more sustainable economy and society. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last month that COVID-19 provides the opportunity for an "economic reset" that will allow the world to fundamentally restructure societies to be less oppressive of women, during a speech at a town hall with Young Women from Civil Society Organizations. "The pandemic is only demonstrating what we all know: that millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls and boys," Guterres said. With much of the world in disarray due to the impact of COVID-19, Guterres said, the time is right to enact bold and widespread societal changes.

for everyone," Guterres emphasized the need to make sure women have access to reproductive health care, which includes abortion, during the pandemic. "Governments must take a holistic view of the health impact of this pandemic," Guterres said. The United Nations secretary-general said the coronavirus pandemic that has swept around the globe, infecting millions, shows the results of a thousand years of "male-dominated culture." "The #COVID19 pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls & boys," the United Nations tweeted on Sunday, quoting comments made by Antonio Guterres in a speech last month. In the address during a virtual town hall in New York, Guterres said the pandemic had turned the world "upside down" and had a "disproportionate and devastating social and economic impact on women and girls." The past months have seen a growing recognition in the media and through academic research highlighting what we have known anecdotally for years: that women leaders are extremely effective," Guterres said.