Speaker Şentop made a speech at the session titled “Response to the Social and Employment Crisis caused by the Pandemic” at P20.
Speaker Şentop said, “Turkey thinks that G20 must display leadership that is expected from it against crises caused by the pandemic.”
Speaker Şentop pointed out that the world has witnessed various regional crises within the past thirty years as well as global crises such as the 2008 financial crisis, “However, none of those has caused a devastating effect on countries and communities like Covid-19 which claimed almost 5 million peoples’ lives. We have felt the effects of the crisis in question deeply on fields including economics, health, social life and employment.”
Şentop explained that serious public health measures have been taken due to Covid-19 pandemic, “Therefore, we have been able to decelerate the pandemic effectively however, economic life has also been interrupted partially.”
Şentop pointed out that mankind is currently facing new crises that have never been experienced before, “That’s why I believe that we are on the verge of a historical opportunity to rebalance our economic development with social and environmental needs and to tackle socio-economic inequalities while targeting the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda.”
Şentop indicated that diseases and viruses are also global, “Both the treatment and vaccination must be global. It is not possible to keep only a specific part of our world, for example only Europe, only G20 countries healthy. None of us are safe if we are unable to create a living space for the whole world, whole mankind, in peace with minimum life conditions.”
Şentop finalized his speech accordingly:
“Unless we genuinely and sincerely believe that a civilian’s life in Europe or America has the same value with a civilian’s who was ‘accidentally’ bombed and killed in Afghanistan or one living in Yemen or Libya and we take action accordingly, there will not be a better world. Although bright democracy speeches sound good, attitudes which do not support coup attempts and the pro-coup mindset are important in terms of the future of our world. I believe that as G20 countries, we have the infrastructure to achieve this.”