UN boss: pandemic has exposed gloomy picture of world

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the pandemic has exposed “long-term fragilities, inequalities and injustices,” as the world faces its biggest recession in eight decades amid a rise in extreme poverty and a threat of famine

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday the pandemic has exposed "long-term fragilities, inequalities and injustices,” as the world faces its biggest recession in eight decades amid a rise in extreme poverty and a threat of famine.

“The social and economic impact of the pandemic is enormous, and growing,” he said. "No vaccine can undo the damage that has already been done.”

Guterres spoke from New York during an online event linked with the Nobel Prize celebrations, a day after the World Food Program was awarded the 2020 Peace Prize.

He lamented the lack of a joint response to the pandemic from the international community, saying countries had shown a “fragmented and chaotic” reaction.

Guterres added that global governance must be based on a recognition that "solidarity is not only a moral imperative; it is in everyone’s interests.”