“There is a natural tendency in the face of crisis to take care of one’s own first. But true leadership understands that there are times to think big and more generously.”
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General
COVID-19 has shown us how interconnected and interdependent our world is. It has also highlighted how vulnerable the poorest members of our global society are during emergencies.
Too many countries lack basic healthcare.
Too many countries lack safety nets to protect their people.
Billions of dollars globally are now being injected into economies through bailouts and stimulus packages. Yet we have to rebuild the world in a way that ensures millions of people are not left behind.
The pandemic has highlighted the structural failures in our existing economic, political and social systems. These failures have created the global crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, food insecurity, conflict, displacement and deepening inequality.
These crises are a result of political choices over decades, along with unregulated corporate power. They have undermined human rights and the protection of the environment.
Now is the time to make different political choices. Now is the time to Build Back Better.