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PM Calls For Guarantee That COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Made Available As A Global Social Good

The call was made at the margins of the UN General Assembly 75 while he was speaking via video on the topic of “Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and beyond.”
01 Oct 2020 12:33
PM Calls For Guarantee That COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Made Available As A Global Social Good

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has joined fellow Small Island Developing States (SIDS) leaders to call for the deployment of one per cent of the global stimulus to fund sustainable, gender-sensitised recoveries

Further they are requesting for guarantee that once viable, a COVID-19 vaccine will not be treated purely as a commodity but as a global social good.

The call was made at the margins of the UN General Assembly 75 while he was speaking via video on the topic of “Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and beyond.”

He said though COVID-19 was an unprecedented challenge for small developing states, the pain was not unfamiliar.

Like climate change, these countries bear the unjust burden of unequal impacts from a crisis that they did not start and cannot solve alone.

Mr Bainimarama said whether the challenge was stopping viral transmission or cutting carbon emissions, unilateralism and inaction threatened small developing nations the most.

“We small nations know that striving for the status quo means doubling down on a path that accelerates global warming. Instead we must use this recovery as our rallying point towards more and better multilateralism,” he said.

“The trillions of dollars in economic stimulus packages put forward by advanced countries cannot look backwards to fossil fuels. They must look forward, to a long-sighted recovery, to gender equity, to digital inclusivity, to less inequality, to blue and green development, and onto achieving the life-or-death target of net-zero emissions by mid-century.”

For most vulnerable nations, Mr Bainimarama said work towards that future was not a question of resolve, but of resources.

According to him the present financing available is insufficient and the archaic multi-lateral development finance framework is out-of-touch with the realities of the 21st Century.

“Take it from us, the small states who are all-too-familiar with climate-driven devastation: When crisis strike, we must always build back better, more sustainably, and in solidarity with the most vulnerable,” he said.

“That simple choice, made every day at every level of leadership, is where our better, global recovery from COVID-19 begins.”

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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