GIMUN 2023 THEME EXPOSITION ON “TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP, GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT”
Our world as we know, has numerous challenges. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded lots of challenges and has become a threat to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Concerted global efforts are essential to driving recovery and ensuring global prosperity post the pandemic
According to the UNDP, global living standards could fall for the first time since 1990 due to the pandemic. Countries around the world remain fragile as uncertainty prevails and leaders grapple with protecting lives and livelihoods, the path to recovery appears even more blurred.
The COVID-19 crisis has led to a dramatic loss of human lives worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to the economic, social and environmental progress. The economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic is devastating. Millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty. Nearly half of the world’s global workforce are at risk of losing their livelihoods. Also, without the means to earn an income, many are unable to feed themselves and their families, for most them, no income means no food.
Before the pandemic, the world was on track to ensuring universal healthcare, no hunger, no poverty, decent work, quality education and strong institutions. Today, the impressive gains made over the years face alarming setbacks from the ripple effects of the disease – non-pharmaceutical interventions and policies.
As the world navigates this uncertainty, it must not forget the enormous opportunity for a ensuring a safer and healthier planet. Now is the time for global action, solidarity and support especially with the most vulnerable in our societies, particularly in the emerging and developing world.
Only together can we overcome the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the pandemic and prevent its escalation into a protracted humanitarian, with the potential loss of already achieved development gains. We the youth must recognize this opportunity to build back better and regain as noted in the Policy Brief issued by the United Nations Secretary-General (Antonio Guterres).
We must regain the present and rethink the future of our world. We must tackle social and economic issues with ambition and urgency, only then can we help countries recover, protect the lives of everyone and the world as a whole.