The international forum, attended by some 20 heads of State, more than 250 ministers, some 10,000 officials, and 80 organizations for three days, closed on Wednesday amid warnings about and calls for cooperation from international organizations on nations.
During his virtual address, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted international cooperation to face today’s pressing challenges, “the conflict is at its peak, poverty and hunger are increasing, divisions are deepening, and the climate emergency continues to worsen.”
Guterres warned the governments against short-term policy making that delays the challenges that the nations of the world are currently facing, including climate change and food and energy insecurity.
Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom urged the world to learn from the Covid-19 pandemic, which revealed severe gaps among nations, and highlighted a weak global emergency response.
“Unfortunately, it will not be the last pandemic or the major health emergency. Other threats, such as climate change, will continue to increase in frequency and intensity. We owe it to those who we have lost and those who will come after us to learn the lessons and make the changes that should keep the world safer,” Adhanom said.
The summit, which brought together 300 speakers among heads of State, ministers, government officials, and opinion leaders to discuss pressing issues and review current and future challenges in more than 220 panel discussions, concluded with a final declaration adopted by participants.