Areas of Engagement


As the health crisis ask extraordinary measures from States and international institutions, the financial response to the Covid-19 pandemic will also require exceptional measures to mitigate the impacts of the shutdown of our economies. While the pandemic crisis and the series of responses taken exacerbate the already existing inequalities within countries, affecting disproportionately the most marginalized by the system, the post-Covid economic recovery must not be climate-blind.

A webinar series ‘Global Pandemics in an Unequal World’ seeks to ask what is needed at local, national, and global level to combat inequalities and promote a more egalitarian and sustainable pandemic response. Nicoletta Dentico will be presenting in tomorrow’s online livestream “COVID-19 and Global Inequality”.

April 23, 2020

Open science, ramped-up manufacturing, fair pricing and sharing of technology, among other actions, are urgently needed to reduce loss of life during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 254 groups including Public Citizen said today. The groups released a list of principles calling for action from governments, international agencies, manufacturers, donors and development partners.

(Geneva) On April 17, 300 civil society organizations – including global union federations, development advocates, women’s groups, consumer and small business organizations, and environmental groups – from more than 150 countries delivered a letter to members of the WTO. In it, they urge Members of the WTO to: “Stop all trade and investment treaty negotiations during the COVID-19 outbreak and refocus on access to medical supplies and saving lives.” WTO Members meet today on whether to continue negotiations amid the pandemic.

We are constantly being told that “we are all on the same boat”, and while we might be experiencing a change in our social relations and perceiving ourselves as part of a greater entity, the reality is that we are navigating the same turbulent tide, but with different sorts of boats.  

With each passing day, we’re learning more about the coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19. The pandemic has had profound effects on daily life across much of the globe, but there is an opportunity that cannot be missed. The Covid19 shockwave is perhaps the first time event that has allowed the public opinion of the planet to understand the importance of public health systems and the pivotal role of health in any given decent societal organization that has a plan for the future.

It is classical syndrome of hate-mongering governments to nervously seek and blame “others” for responsibilities and failures that have endogenous roots. Since the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 in the US, Donald Trump’s administration has hunted for scapegoats in his relentless attempt to shift blame for the increasing number of American deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) is only the last scapegoat in this sequence – after the Obama administration, China and the US media. The blame-game is a well-known trick, but it’s not really credible.

Cancelling all debt payments owed by low-income countries to other governments, multilateral institutions and private lenders would free up to US$ 25.5 billion to fight coronavirus in 2020 alone. Extending the cancellation to apply to payments due in 2021 would make another US$ 24.9 billion available to help save lives now and in the future.

The call comes to us from the Italian network of the People's Health Movement and from the Dico32 Campaign. The Italian mobilization does not act in isolation, but in the scenario of a European mobilization with the unequivocal title: “Our health is not for sale”.

The six points of the network: The joint action of European civil society in the field of public health is structured around a platform based on six main points: