“After two years of a pandemic which world leaders have described with the metaphor of a war, a real war is taking precedence over everything else in daily news, the more so because of the nuclear threats it entails. This new crisis started with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February – a repugnant initiative which will produce ineffable consequences. That same day, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body for a WHO Pandemic Treaty (INB) held its first meeting, and a few days later, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report which shows the devastating impact of the climate crisis and points out that much worse is crashing down on humankind. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, described the report as ‘an atlas of human suffering’.

These otherwise distinct events are interwoven threads of the fabric of a deeply unhealthy world that – like a living organism – is heading to its end. The rule of law is a forgotten instrument, geopolitical rivalries pose existential threats to the health and safety of populations, while the spectrum of inequalities is expanding. And unbridled for-profit production spurs the climate and biodiversity crises in a process that will be accelerated by the new global conflict. The forces driving climate change also set the stage for the making of what might be a catastrophic age of pandemics if credible steps are not taken to arrest the situation.”

Quoted from the introductory message
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