UN chief: World ‘at the breaking point’ due to inequalities

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Saying “we are at the breaking point,” the U.N. secretary-general made a sweeping call Saturday to end the global inequalities that sparked this year’s massive anti-racism protests and have been further exposed by the coronavirus pandemic.“COVID-19 has been likened to an X-ray, revealing fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built,” Antonio Guterres said as he delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.

“It is exposing fallacies and falsehoods everywhere: The lie that free markets can deliver health care for all, the fiction that unpaid care work is not work, the delusion that we live in a post-racist world, the myth that we are all in the same boat.”

He said developed countries are strongly invested in their own survival and have “failed to deliver the support needed to help the developing world through these dangerous times.”

The U.N. chief’s address marked what would have been the birthday of former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mandela.

South Africa, the world’s most unequal country a quarter-century after the end of the racist system of apartheid, is quickly becoming one of the world’s hardest-hit nations in the pandemic and now makes up roughly half of Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases. Already its public hospitals are nearly overwhelmed.

The speech by the U.N. chief took aim at the vast inequality of wealth — “The 26 richest people in the world hold as much wealth as half the global population,” Guterres said — and other inequalities involving race, gender, class and place of birth.

A new generation of social protection is needed, including universal health coverage and perhaps maybe even a universal basic income he said, adding “individuals and corporations must pay their fair share.”

Education spending in low and middle-income countries should more than double by 2030 to $3 trillion a year, he said. And in the face of enormous shifts due to climate change, governments should tax carbon instead of people.

Answering questions after his speech, Guterres called for “massive support” for the developing world including debt write-offs. He said the suspension of debt payments until the end of this year, which was agreed upon by the G-20, the world’s 20 major economic powers, “is clearly not enough.”

And he noted, without naming names, that “leadership and power are not always aligned.”

“Let’s face facts,” Guterres said in his address. “The global political and economic system is not delivering on critical global public goods: public health, climate action, sustainable development, peace.”

The U.N. chief called for a new model of global governance with inclusive and equal participation.

“We see the beginnings of a new movement,” he said, adding it’s time to right the wrongs of the past.

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  1. UN Chief:: “World at the breaking point” due to inequalities. The World is handicapped by religion. It is narrowed down to the Bible and Qu’ran controlled by the Jews through the contents of each {individually} due to both containing extracts of the jews Scriptures. Qu’ran, reference to “we killed Jesus Christ the son of Allah”. Information to hand in the Bible “Jesus crucified 450 years previous to Muhammad’s birth” . Qu’ran: wording giving rise to incitement “they have Bishops and Nuns”, this unknown to the RCC, ignorance on both sides being the weapon. The introduction of the Bible in two parts {1} the original [RCC]. {2} the Reformation [Protestant Faith]. The weapon is ignorance to the point of stupidity, cowardice, murder, wars. The jews, having been promised a place to live in the ME by the King of England moved into Palestine, preplanned, under cutting the Kings promise. Under cover of the Bible. They are depicted in Palestine 2000 years, jncluding the birth, life and crucifixion of Jesus. Palestine has been the homeland of the Palestinians dating back to BC era. This is the case to-day.

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