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27 March 2020

G20: an inclusive global response is called for to counter Covid-19

On Thursday 26 March 2020, the G20 Heads of State and Government held an extraordinary summit on Covid-19.

Tackling the pandemic and its health, social and economic impacts is an absolute priority for the G20.

Tackling the pandemic requires:
  • sharing timely and transparent information,
  • expanding manufacturing capacity in terms of medical supplies,
  • and further strengthening WHO’s mandate in coordinating the international action against the pandemic.
Safeguarding the global economy requires:
  • using all of the instruments available to minimise the economic and social shocks,
  • protecting workers and businesses, SMEs in particular,
  • shielding the vulnerable through adequate social protection,
  • injecting over $4.8 trillion into the global economy (targeted guarantee schemes, economic and fiscal measures),
  • supporting the exceptional measures taken by central banks, the IMF and the World Bank.
Enhancing global cooperation requires:
  • strengthening the global financial safety nets,
  • paying special attention to developing countries, notably in Africa: consolidating Africa’s health defence is crucial for the resilience of global health. France's President of the Republic was successful in bringing the G20 leaders on board in launching an initiative to support Africa.
The G20 stands ready to unlock development and humanitarian financing and, as such, to react promptly and take any further action that may be required.

G20 Leaders' statement