UN chief warns global recession due to coronavirus 'a near certainty'

UN chief warns global recession due to coronavirus 'a near certainty'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday that a global recession "is a near certainty" and current national responses to the the coronavirus pandemic "will not address the global scale and complexity of the crisis."

FILE PHOTO: Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary General, speaks at a news conference at the
FILE PHOTO: Antonio Guterres, United Nations (UN) Secretary General, speaks at a news conference at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 10, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday that a global recession "is a near certainty" and current national responses to the the coronavirus pandemic "will not address the global scale and complexity of the crisis."

"This is a moment that demands coordinated, decisive, and innovative policy action from the world's leading economies," Guterres told reporters via video conference. "We are in an unprecedented situation and the normal rules no longer apply."

"A global recession – perhaps of record dimensions – is a near certainty," he said.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols, editing by Mary Milliken)

Source: Reuters

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