Until leaders make the right choice to overcome the epidemic to avoid environmental problems and social inequities, the world faces a vicissitudes in recent decades in dealing with crisis, health, education, social freedom and more recently, poverty Has to do, the United Nations warned.
According to a new report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the unprecedented effects of the coronovirus epidemic combined with worldwide environmental crises threaten to wind up human growth and development facing environmental crises. .
Pedro Concecio, the director of the UNDP published on Tuesday and the lead author of its latest human development report, said governments are now making such choices, and they will affect societies around the world for many years to come.
“We are mobilizing unprecedented financial resources to combat the epidemic, and we can choose to allocate in ways that add inequalities or reduce pressure on the planet,” he said.
These include incentive packages that favor fossil fuels or combine continued resource use, and expenses that fail to address problems with health and education.
“These options are being spoken by us,” he said. “The results are before our eyes. Climate change may seem remote to some, but it is already happening, we see evidence. We have no time. “
The Guardian has found that countries have so far failed to deliver on the promise made to pursue a “green recovery” from the Kovid-19 crisis, and are pouring money in rather than advancing the current high-carbon economy. Experts warn that time is running out, as the fund now dedicated to fossil fuels will increase emissions for decades to come. Greenhouse gas emissions, which were discontinued in many countries this spring, are already revolting.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of UNDP’s report The Next Frontier: Human Development and Anthropocene’s annual Human Development Report, no country has reached a high level of material progress without a huge cost on the planet.
But if countries are troubled by their carbon footprint and resource use, and for these reasons, the progress that has been made to date in most of the prosperous world, according to the report, has been wiped out by the loss of existing and future ecosystems. Because of which we rely, by our excessive use of resources and carbon emissions.
For 30 years, the Human Development Report has not only focused on economics, but also on measures for the health, education and standard of living of nations. The new report takes in two new elements: material consumption and carbon footprints, to reflect the huge increase in resource use and impact on climate in recent years.
Jayatham Vikramanayake, United Nations Secretary-General for Youth said that the greater burden of ecological damage would befall young people: “While humanity has achieved incredible things, it is clear that we have achieved our planet.
“Young people around the world have spoken, recognizing that these actions have endangered our collective future. We need to change our relationship with the planet – to make energy and material consumption sustainable. “
The epidemic said that existing inequalities have also ended. The Human Development Report highlights the issue of women’s participation in the workforce in Mexico, Chile and Colombia. It was upward, but in contrast to decades of positive change, the epidemic has dropped by 10 percentage points.
Economic and social inequalities have also been curbed: access to healthcare has been limited for many poor people, as health systems around the world have collapsed; And children, even in developed countries, who lack Internet access or reliable electricity, have missed schooling when classes have been forced online.
Stockholm Resilience Center Director Belinda Ryers, who contributed to the Human Development Report, said that measures of human well-being and progress must take into account the environment, pressure on the planet and climate.
“The Cascading Crisis like the Coronavier Epidemic shows that in our hyperconnected, rapidly changing world, environment and human development are no longer separate or distinct. He said,” They have a deep interference. “From now on, human development of people and the planet. Good for that is about making choices. “