And the multi-faceted United Nations agency warned that “without access to vaccines, the gap will widen further,” calling for “strong partnership and cooperation at the national, regional and global levels.”
President of the World Bank David R. MalpassHe noted that inequality runs deep, and includes not only vaccinations but also average income, interest rate differentials, bankruptcies and access to credit – all of which put poor countries at a disadvantage.
With full recognition of the “debt problem facing poor countries,” he updated the event in his recent meeting with the major industrialized nations of the G20, saying that they welcome the acceleration of the establishment of the International Development Association (IDA).IDA20), which he emphasized is important because it is “the World Bank’s highly effective platform for providing concessional aid and grants to the poorest countries”.
Recover from a pandemic
In response to COVID, Mr Malpass said the World Bank was making “some progress on debt transparency even though debt security remains an issue”.
He articulated the plan, on a country-by-country basis, to help the developing world be more resilient in the coming year, including reducing poverty, addressing climate impacts, and working to strengthen education and health systems.
“We are trying to bring about transformative, scalable change for people who live in poor countries,” he stressed.
General Manager of Operations at the World Bank, Axel van Trotsenburg, He said that the epidemic had led to a “tremendous reversal in progress” in entire societies and emphasized the need to focus on crisis preparedness.
He advised not to take a “narrow view” on health only, but to consider the entire agenda as it is “best summarized by the sustainable development goals”, Sustainable Development Goals.
“We need to maintain solidarity, not only in the health field, but across the spectrum of development,” said Mr. Van Trotsenberg, stressing that “only together” will we live and prosper.
The need for a financing framework
President of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala He said that developing countries exporting basic commodities faced a sharp drop in prices and tourism collapsed during the pandemic.
She stressed that the world needs a financing framework to deal with emergency preparedness and response, and that supply chains must remain open to better protect economic systems.
Women are “torn in every direction”
Noting that women are often the primary caregivers, whether as health care workers or at home, she said that they are “really torn apart” and expressed concern that their participation in paid work is “on the decline.”
“We are very concerned about all the services that women and children usually get in their normal lives,” she added, explaining that they are either inaccessible or often completely unavailable.
The UNICEF chief shared some startling statistics, including that 140 million families are likely to fall below the poverty line. 168 million children have been out of school for more than nine months; And one in three students does not have access to distance learning.
She said that while it is critical for children to continue to have access to these services, they are not always available.
She added, “Therefore, women often become at home not just a mother but a teacher, and hence it is difficult for them to be outside the home” to keep a job.
According to Ms. Fore, another concern was that many children, especially girls, might not return to school, because once they stopped attending school, their parents might view them as caregivers for the family and consider marrying to keep them safe.
“This means that for every two boys who return to the classroom, maybe only one girl will do,” she explained.
Meanwhile, the lack of services has “a tremendous impact on women and children and we cannot trade off one crisis, the epidemic, for another crisis in which we lose the women, girls and children of our world.”
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)Who is the3), on the lack of political will and weak global solidarity as obstacles to the equitable distribution of vaccines to low-income countries.