ACT Alliance has joined over 170 peacebuilding organizations in issuing an urgent call to action for peace. The statement points out that responses to the COVID-19 crisis that increase violence, injustice and exclusion will increase human suffering and deepen development losses. A focus on peace, justice and inclusion must be at the heart of the response to COVID-19.
The statement, released at the opening of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, calls on governments and the international community to: mainstream peace in the response to COVID-19; prioritize inclusion in analysis and action; make space for building peace; and reaffirm multilateralism and international norms as a safeguard for the most vulnerable.
The full statement can be read here.