UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for solidarity with developing countries in the context of COVID-19 and pre-exisiting inequalities and injustices.
The recovery from COVID-19 is an opportunity to change course. With smart policies and the right investments, the world can chart a path that brings health to all, revives economies and builds resilience. But developing countries must have the necessary resources to do so, said Guterres.
"I continue to strongly advocate for greater international support from developed countries and international financial institutions and development banks," he told a virtual handover ceremony of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China for 2021 from Guyana to Guinea.
Governments must have the resources to invest in job creation, and get education and businesses back on track, in order to build forward, greener and better. This includes debt relief for all countries that need it, so that no one is forced to choose between providing basic services for their people and servicing their debts.
The international community must do more to increase the financial resources available to developing and middle-income countries, many of which are highly vulnerable. There is a need for a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights to the benefit of developing countries, and a voluntary reallocation of unused Special Drawing Rights, he said.
Looking ahead, it is clear that the old "normal" of inequalities and injustices must give way, he said.