We are calling for a global response to COVID-19 that ensures a just recovery for everyone in the wake of this crisis. Responses at every level must uphold these five principles:
1. Health is the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions. 2. Provide economic relief directly to the people. 3. Rescue workers and communities, not corporate executives. 4. Create resilience for future crises. 5. Build solidarity and community across borders – do not empower authoritarians.
The COVID-19 pandemic demands swift and unprecedented action from national governments and the international community. Choices being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come. As policymakers take steps to ensure immediate relief and long-term recovery, it is imperative that they consider the interrelated crises of wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline – notably the climate crisis, which were in place long before COVID-19, and now risk being intensified.
This is a time to be decisive in saving lives, and bold in charting a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future for all through a just recovery. Learn more about the global Just Recovery movement here.