According to the the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a new world is getting to emerge caused by the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic. He warned that people everywhere should be ready for what is coming.
At the beginning of a UN policy brief titled “COVID-19 in an Urban World,” Guterres said change is coming.
The lifelong Socialist claimed there are no alternatives and the world will need to “reset how we live, interact and rebuild.” He said:
“First, we need to ensure that all phases of the pandemic response tackle inequalities and long-term development deficits and safeguard social cohesion.
We must prioritise those who are the most vulnerable in our cities, including guaranteeing safe shelter for all and emergency housing to those without homes.
We must strengthen the capacities of local governments.
This requires decisive action – and deeper cooperation between local and national authorities. Stimulus packages and other relief should support tailored responses and boost local government capacity.
Guterres then laid out his masterplan for a green revolution like “new bike lanes and pedestrian zones, reclaiming public spaces and improving mobility, safety, and air quality.”
We need not only climate action, but also climate justice.
Political leaders must raise their ambition, businesses must raise their sights, and people everywhere must raise their voices.
There is a better way, and we must take it. pic.twitter.com/E8Y5GvrpDP
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) July 22, 2020
On Wednesday he continued his call to transform the world and rebuilt it.
“By focusing on high ecological transformation and job creation, stimulus packages can steer growth towards a low-carbon, resilient pathway and advance the Sustainable Development Goals.
The rapid adoption of telecommuting illustrates how societies can transform seemingly overnight to confront urgent threats.
We must act with the same urgency and resolve to transform cities and address the climate and pollution crises,” Guterres added.
Guterres’s comments came just a few days after he lectured China over their use of coal.