On Earth Day, UN Secretary General urges for “green recovery” amidst COVID-19 crisis

On the occasion of Earth Day, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has requested the governments to use their economic responses to the coronavirus pandemic to tackle the “even deeper emergency” of climate change.

The Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on April 22 and the year 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Earth Day.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, “On this Earth Day, all eyes are on the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest test the world has faced since the Second World War…But there is another, even deeper emergency, the planet’s unfolding environmental crisis.”

Antonio Guterres urged the government that “Public funds should be used to invest in the future, not the past, and flow to sustainable sectors and projects that help the environment and the climate.”

He added, “Where taxpayers’ money is used to rescue businesses, it needs to be tied to achieving green jobs and sustainable growth.”

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