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‘We have to learn our lessons’ from coronavirus pandemic, says EU’s Von Der Leyen

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The global community must learn from the coronavirus pandemic and cooperate to achieve global health security, said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at a G20 virtual press briefing.

“We have to learn our lessons. And of course, we will need to work together beyond the current coronavirus pandemic,

Von Der Leyen also addressed the economic recovery from the pandemic, arguing for a sustainable and inclusive agenda.

‘’Our collective recovery must be sustainable, and it must be inclusive, it must be in line with the 2030 Sustainable Agenda and its goals,” said Von Der Leyen.

“The European Union will lead by example … We are aiming to achieve climate neutrality by 2050,” she said.

Von Der Leyen also welcomed US President-elect Joe Biden’s embrace of the Paris Climate Agreement, which President Donald Trump had withdrawn the US from.

“Effectively addressing climate change will require a decoupling of economic growth from the exploitation of limited resources,” she added.

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Last Update: Friday, 20 November 2020 KSA 14:09 – GMT 11:09