United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres chaired a virtual meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) on May 14 and in it brought together the principals of 31 UN system entities.
The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) is the longest-standing and highest-level coordination forum of the UN system. The “Data Strategy of the Secretary-General for Action by Everyone, Everywhere: With Insight, Impact and Integrity” was also introduced as an overarching reference for data-driven leadership.
In the meeting, Antonio Guterres said, “What is clear today is the fragility of humankind and the planet. With all the scientific progress we still don’t know how to deal with a virus, we are so unprepared. It is clear there is not enough humility, unity and not enough solidarity in the world.”
Board members David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group, and Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, warned of negative global economic repercussions of COVID-19. Both indicated towards a high risk of increase in poverty and inequality in the COVID-19 scenario.
David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group said, “We need to open the economy in a way that people can rise beyond poverty”.