Alberto Fernández: “We are facing a true change of era”

President Alberto Fernández said this Sunday that the world is “facing a true change of era” and warned that “eradicating poverty will be a distant goal” if the rulers do not renew their “determination to respond to this global challenge” caused by the coronavirus, speaking on the second day of sessions of the G20 leaders’ summit.

“To the global challenges that we already faced, such as climate change, asymmetries between developed and developing countries or inequality, today the health, economic and social effects of the pandemic are added,” the president began his presentation.

In this sense, he recalled that the pandemic “has caused the loss of more than a million human lives and its consequences are still difficult to measure.”

For the head of state, “eradicating poverty, as we committed ourselves to in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, will be a distant goal if we do not renew our determination to respond to this global challenge” caused by the coronavirus.

He also considered that a “free, open and transparent agricultural trade is also essential to end hunger, meeting the needs of the most disadvantaged”.

And he added that public education “is the basis for building a democratic society, with social justice and respect for human rights.”

In digital matters, the president acknowledged that the Covid-19 “highlighted that connectivity and digital inclusion are basic rights that we must guarantee for everyone,” and in that line he recalled that considerable gaps still persist in effective access to digital world.

“The pandemic requires us to accelerate the process of digital financial inclusion, granting equal and universal access, as well as adopting the necessary measures to ensure that no one is left behind,” he said in the same vein. “Therefore, we designed a connectivity plan, we distribute equipment and provide teacher training in the use of digital tools, “he said about his management.

“We are committed to having access to inclusive, equitable and quality education for all, in particular for girls and vulnerable groups,” the head of state said at the time.

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He also considered that to underpin the recovery, “quality investment in infrastructure must be increased, with the aim of increasing productivity, creating jobs and achieving solid, balanced and inclusive growth” in the world.

And he concluded by stating his commitment to guarantee “a just and inclusive transition towards sustainable development.”

The G20 is an intergovernmental forum for economic and financial coordination, created in 1999, in order to consider global issues in this matter. In 2008, it was ranked at the leadership level to ensure the development of coordinated responses to the global economic crisis that broke out during that year.

It is made up of 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States; plus the European Union.

This year is chaired by Saudi Arabia, which assumed the presidency in December 2019, and on this occasion invited Spain, Jordan, Singapore and Switzerland to participate.


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