Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres has said that the world is facing a common enemy in COVID-19.
Speaking via videoconference, Guterres who is the ninth Secretary-General of the UN noted that the virus does not care about ethnicity or nationality, faction or faith.
“It attacks all, relentlessly,” he added.
Reacting to armed conflict that is still raging on around the world, the UN Secretary-General noted that most vulnerable include women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price.
“They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19. Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed.
“Health professionals, already few in number, have often been targeted. Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable. The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war.”
He, therefore, called for a global ceasefire in order to end the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.
“That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.
“To warring parties, I say: Pull back from hostilities. Put aside mistrust and animosity. Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes.
“This is crucial…To help create corridors for life-saving aid. To open precious windows for diplomacy. To bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to COVID-19.”