The world is facing an unprecedented challenge with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic.
Heads/Directors of the following councils were present online through video conferencing.
• International Council for Counter Terrorism Policies (ICCTP)
• Leadership Council of Entrepreneurs & CEOs (LCEC)
• Leadership Council of World Universities (LCWU)
• Leadership Council of MEPs & Ministers (LCMM)
• Leadership Council of Ambassadors (LCA)
• Leadership Council of Think Tanks (LCTT)
• World Health Leadership Council (WHLC)
• Leadership Council of Women (LCW)
• International Council of Disaster Management and Relief ( ICDMR)
Post meeting joint press release was made:-
In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, we are all vulnerable. The virus has shown that it does not discriminate - but many refugees, those forcibly displaced, the stateless and migrants are at heightened risk.
Three-quarters of the world’s refugees and many migrants are hosted in developing regions where health systems are already overwhelmed and under-capacitated. Many live in overcrowded camps, settlements, makeshift shelters or reception centers, where they lack adequate access to health services, clean water and sanitation.
The situation for refugees and migrants held in formal and informal places of detention, in cramped and unsanitary conditions, is particularly worrying. Considering the lethal consequences a COVID-19 outbreak would have, they should be released without delay. Migrant children and their families and those detained without a sufficient legal basis should be immediately released.
This disease can be controlled only if there is an inclusive approach which protects every individual’s rights to life and health. Migrants and refugees are disproportionately vulnerable to exclusion, stigma and discrimination, particularly when undocumented. To avert a catastrophe, governments must do all they can to protect the rights and the health of everyone. Protecting the rights and the health of all people will in fact help control the spread of the virus.
It is vital that everyone, including all migrants and refugees, are ensured equal access to health services and are effectively included in national responses to COVID-19, including prevention, testing and treatment. Inclusion will help not only to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, but will also serve to protect public health and stem the global spread of COVID-19. While many nations protect and host refugee and migrant populations, they are often not equipped to respond to crises such as Covid-19. To ensure refugees and migrants have adequate access to national health services, States may need additional financial support. This is where the world’s financial institutions can play a leading role in making funds available.
While countries are closing their borders and limiting cross-border movements, there are ways to manage border restrictions in a manner which respects international human rights and refugee protection standards, including the principle of non-refoulement, through quarantine and health checks.
More than ever, as COVID-19 poses a global threat to our collective humanity, our primary focus should be on the preservation of life, regardless of status. This crisis demands a coherent, effective international approach that leaves no-one behind. At this crucial moment we all need to rally around a common objective, fighting this deadly virus. Many refugees, displaced, stateless people and migrants have skills and resources that can also be part of the solution.
This crisis threatens everyone's way of life, but it is especially difficult for people who are already vulnerable, including those with pre-existing medical conditions, older adults, individuals experiencing homelessness, refugees and migrants, wage workers, and those with inflexible jobs. In many parts of the world ( Asian, Europeans, Middle east etc.) Billions of people living in the rural areas are at great risk of contracting the corona virus because of lack of awareness and their poor living conditions. Due to the ongoing lockdown and stay home advisory from the government, the poor and daily wage labourers are suffering with no income and struggling to meet their daily needs.
The low income, unorganized labourers and homeless people are those who need our help. Due to lockdown situation in most of the countries such communities lost their daily wage and are severly deprived of food, medicine, and basic needs. Some communities can't even buy protective face mask which costs nearly Euro € 1 and which is too essential to wear this time.
Our global offices worldwide identified such places; communities require our help on humane grounds. To fight with the crisis and to help global communities, Global COVID-19 Relief Fund is made. The donations will be collected through our partners, members, associates, global offices which will be utilized to help such global communities / governments:
• To Get masks, ventilators, and other lifesaving medical supplies to hospitals and clinics
• Deliver essential items to struggling families and older individuals in quarantined cities and refugee camps
• Feed children that rely on school meals as their only source of nutrition
• Support hygiene awareness efforts
We cannot allow fear or intolerance to undermine rights or compromise the effectiveness of responses to the global pandemic. We are all in this together. We can only defeat this virus when each and every one of us is protected.
At a time when the human race is facing an immense crisis, there can only be one true response: The expression of humanity itself. This is a moment for all of us to come together in a collective effort t make each other kinder, braver and stronger to face the days ahead.
Think no donation is small but to donate is humane. Together we can beat this.
Come and join our hands. Donate generously.
April 14, 2020.