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‘No UN Security Council Leadership Reprehensible Tragedy; G-20, SAARC Should Be Models’

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NEW DELHIHelen Clark, New Zealand’s Prime Minister for three terms and former head of the United Nations Development Programme, in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi  discusses whether the UN Security Council taking over two months to discuss the pandemic proves it’s just a global talking shop and whether the world body is missing in action. She deplores the international, multilateral inaction and supports (along with dozens of former heads of state and government) ex-British PM Gordon Brown’s proposal for the G-20 to show its economic muscle. She also backs Dr David Nabarro, a special advisor on pandemics to former UN Secretary General (UNSG) Ban ki-Moon to set up a world body immediately. The idea is for a pandemic emergency coordination council headed by the UNSG, the WHO DG and the heads of IMF and World Bank. The UNSG will coordinate responses with heads of state and government, the WHO with health ministers and the IMF & World Bank with Finance Ministers. The former Prime Minister praises Prime Narendra Modi, saying ‘SAARC led as a model for the world to show what a group of countries can achieve’. Ms Clark feels Beijing responded decisively once it identified the problem. Attacking the WHO is unfair, she feels, as it was crying fire long before most realised a fire was going to burn. On New Zealand’s response, the former Prime Minister believes there’s a real chance of eliminating the virus, not just containing it till a vaccine is available. On global responses, Ms Clark adds: ‘It’s between the devil (of public health responses) and the deep blue sea (of economic damage) and the former can’t be bungled if the latter must not be protracted.
Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms, from 1999–2008. In April 2009, Helen Clark became Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, the first woman to lead the organisation, and served two terms. At the same time, she was Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of all UN funds, programmes, agencies and departments working on development issues.
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The 'Eye' of the story not the 'I' of the story. That's Amitabh Pashupati Revi's credo from the beginning of his professional journey in 1995. From conflicts in the war zones of Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq to nuances of international politics in the Maldives,Thailand, and South Sudan, Amitabh has reported from all the world's continents, except for Antarctica(so far). Though, he has documented the world's third pole, the Siachen Glacier!
Amitabh reports and produces documentaries on the two-front China-Pakistan threat to India. His ground reports from Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh have received viewership in the hundreds of thousands. Amitabh has interviewed world leaders, top global analysts, and experts in India, Russia, the United States, and Australia as well. Along the way, he’s picked up the Russian language, the Ramnath Goenka Award for his reporting on the 'Islamic State' terrorist group in Iraq, the Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria, and the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship. Last but not least, as a founder member of StratNews Global, Amitabh helps lead the reporting, editorial, production, and administration teams at StratNews Global, BharatShakti, and InterStellar on their journey ahead.