Reduce hole between wealthy and poor, taking good care of world is taking good care of ourselves: Dalai Lama

New Delhi, September 9

Nobel laureate the Dalai Lama on Wednesday referred to as for decreasing the hole between the wealthy and poor, saying it is very important realise that taking good care of the world is definitely taking good care of ourselves.

Addressing the third Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit on the Fair Share for Children, the Dalai Lama stated kids had been the long run.

The Laureates and Leaders for Children is a coalition for making certain little one rights which is led by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

“The future is in our hands so the children are the main human beings who will take care of the world. Taking care of the world is actually taking care of yourselves,” he stated.

“Children are our future. We have to think of humanity and poor people who need help, and we need to make efforts on how to reduce the gap between poor and rich,” he stated.

Apart from the Dalai Lama, the summit additionally noticed participation from Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, UNICEF govt director Henrietta Fore, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus amongst others.

About the influence of COVID-19 on kids, Lofven stated this pandemic has put them in a extra weak state of affairs in all elements of the world and in all sections of the society.

“Children are at an increased risk of physical, psychological and sexual abuse,” he stated.

He referred to as for insurance policies to make sure that respecting, defending and selling the rights of the kid are on the very core of the choice making.

“We must put human rights, democracy and rule of law at the core of our COVID-19 response. We must acknowledge the political role of children and young people in decision- making. Their voices are crucial in achieving a sustainable, peaceful and democratic future. I am a firm believer in international cooperation. I want to see an increase in our coordinated efforts so that we can ensure a fair, sustainable and democratic recovery from this pandemic,” he stated.

Henrietta Fore, govt director of UNICEF, referred to as COVID-19 a baby rights disaster.

“Poverty is increasing, inequality is growing and the pandemic has exposed the fault lines of development in every country that continue to separate the haves and have nots,” she stated.

“Lockdowns are putting children at risk of child labour and child marriage and the pandemic has thrown over one billion children out of school but it is also showing us what we can do when we join forces to support children,” she stated.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO, stated kids and adolescents are among the many ones most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In many nations immunization programmes and companies have been partially or fully suspended, placing thousands and thousands in danger and leading to improve in little one mortality and morbidity.

“The pandemic also threatens food security and nutrition of millions of children around the world. Due to school closure, some 368 million children have missed out on school meals. The increased hunger resulting from the pandemic could lead to the deaths of an estimated 10,000 children every month so what can we do about it,” he stated.

Firstly, he stated there’s a want to make sure availability and entry to important companies, together with for immunization, vitamin, breastfeeding, psychological well being and social assist.

“The countries that chose to reopen schools must do so by following guidance on how to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 while avoiding stigmatising those who may have been exposed to the virus. Countries must make every effort to ensure that children remain safe from abuse and maltreatment. We cannot continue to fail our young global citizens. The post-COVID recovery must have our children at the central focus; they are the most vital resource,” he added. PTI

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