The EU, Fiji, Rwanda and the UK today issued a call to Heads of State and Government to adopt policies and programs that will lay the foundations for a green, healthy, inclusive and resilient recovery from COVID-19.
As co-leads of a United Nations group (Recovering Better for Sustainability) addressing Financing for Development in the era of COVID-19 and beyond, they have requested for better alignment of national development plans and programs with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The senior figures have called for new policy frameworks to restore the global economy in a way that delivers greener, safer, healthier, more resilient and more inclusive economies and societies, and large scale mobilization of financial resources to underpin the necessary transformational changes. It is critical that the UN, international financial institutions and partners focus on leaving no-one behind and supporting the most vulnerable, including Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and African countries, as well as vulnerable people and communities within them. This includes access to finance, capacity building and expertise to support sustained recoveries.
In this context, the co-leads have proposed a menu of policy options for raising resources to finance the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring no one is left behind. They called for prioritization of investments in health systems, renewable energy, digital connectivity to close the digital divide and support for the most vulnerable.
The United Nations Secretary-General and the Prime Ministers of Jamaica and Canada chaired a meeting of Heads of State and Government and senior representatives from around the world at the UN on 29th September, to consider policy options for responding to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19.