Human rights are key in shaping the pandemic response, for the public health emergency and the broader impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. The world is facing an unprecedented crisis. At its core is a global public health emergency on a scale not seen for a century, requiring a global response with far-reaching consequences for our economic, social and political lives. The priority is to save lives. The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the vulnerability of the least protected in society. It is highlighting deep economic and social inequalities and inadequate health and social protection systems that require urgent attention as part of the public health response.
Secretary-General António Guterres (second from left) attending the opening of the forty-third regular session of the Human Rights Council.
Protect the Most VulnerableThe COVID-19 crisis is testing the humanity and resilience of the world at a time when it has been dotted with extreme inequality. As the socioeconomic impact becomes serious, especially as infectious diseases hit vulnerable and marginalized groups, they can step up to support communities in need of business. Without enough resources to protect people from risks, many people will be in a dangerous situation. With the increasing job losses worldwide, the number of people in such situations will dramatically increase. -Seung Ah Choi