UNITED NATIONS, United States — World leaders on Thursday called for resilience and cooperation after the pandemic recedes, during a UN videoconference in which the US, China and Russia did not participate. About 50 leaders took part in the event on development financing, with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte saying in a recorded message that the goal must be to “leave no one behind.” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said “we need to be innovative, think outside the box,” echoing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Canada and Jamaica organised the conference. Sustainable development goals for 2030 “are more crucial than ever,” said European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen. “We have to work and fight together.” Several leaders, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, said the crisis could be an opportunity to grow a ”more resilient” economy to aid the fight against global warming. Deploring a “deep questioning of multilateralism,” Macron stressed ”cooperation is essential” as well as “support for the most fragile countries,” especially in Africa. Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani called for the “systematic and immediate cancellation of debt.” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres asked leaders to “go further” than they already have on debt relief for vulnerable countries, in a spirit of ”needs-based solidarity and transparency.” Guterres… Read full this story
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