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UN prioritizes COVID-19, humanitarian recovery plans for Nigeria, others ahead 2022

By Esther Kalu

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres , has tasked countries to priotize the development and implementation of a blueprint to assist their citizens towards recovering from Covid-19 pandemic, insecurity and other challenges that characterized 2021 during next year, 2022.

Guterres, stated that countries could together make recovery for people and planet their priority and  resolution for 2022 in order to help their citizens recover.

“At the same time, recovery from conflicts calls for a renewed spirit of dialogue, compromise and reconciliation while restoring our planet takes climate commitments that match the scale and urgency of the crisis, This is because they offer the chance to unite behind solutions that could benefit all people and to move forward together, with hope in what our human family can accomplish. Together, let’s make recovery our resolution for 2022,’’ he said.

He stated that these were “not just policy tests” but “moral and real life tests”, adding that these are examinations that all of humanity can pass if we commit to making 2022 a year of recovery for everyone.

“The world welcomes 2022 with our hopes for the future being tested by deepening poverty and worsening inequality…an unequal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines…climate commitments that fall short, and by ongoing conflict, division, and misinformation,The pandemic requires a bold plan to vaccinate every person, everywhere,” he said.

For an economic rescue, the UN chief stated that wealthier countries must support the developing world with “financing, investment and debt relief”.

Meanwhile, to heal from mistrust and division, he affirmed that a new emphasis must be placed on science, facts and reason.

The UN chief also acknowledged that moments of great difficulty were also moments of great opportunity to come together in solidarity.

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