United Nations Issues Main Pillars of Global Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic

Report by Arif Maulana

Translation by Aura Hanifatus Saskia

Professor of the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Padjadjaran, and the current Executive Secretary of UNESCAP, Prof. Armida S. Alisjahbana, as a speaker at the “Satu Jam Berbincang Ilmu” discussion held online by the Unpad Professorship Council, Saturday (06/02) afternoon.*

[unpad.ac.id, 07/02/2021] The United Nations (UN) has compiled several pillars of joint recovery action from the COVID-19 pandemic. There are five pillars that guide all countries in the world in terms of restoring the conditions affected.


Professor of the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Padjadjaran who currently serves as the Executive Secretary of UNESCAP, Prof. Armida Alisjahbana explained that the five pillars include the protection of health services, the protection of the community, economic response and recovery, macroeconomic response and multilateral cooperation, as well as social cohesion and community resilience.


“All institutions will interpret this pillar according to their respective competencies,” said Prof. Armida Alisjahbana as a speaker at the “Satu Jam Berbincang Ilmu” discussion held online by the Unpad Professorship Council, Saturday (06/02) afternoon.


The Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas RI 2009-2014 explained that apart from the five pillars, the Secretary-General of the United Nations has also issued a policy brief in the form of recommendations for recovery action for the Southeast Asia region.


There are four recommendations issued. The first is to close the gap. According to Prof. Armida, COVID-19 has a very significant impact on countries with high levels of social inequality. Moreover, some countries in the Southeast Asian region still have problems in the field of social inequality.


“This includes how the group can be assisted so that the impact is mitigated,” she said.


The second recommendation is to bridge the digital inequity. The COVID-19 pandemic encourages all activities to switch to the digital sector. One of them is education.


However, continued Prof. Armida Alisjahbana, the government should not focus on strengthening connectivity and infrastructure [only]. Citizens as technology users also need attention.


She gave an example, in the online education system it is not only the need for the internet and adequate devices that need attention but also how the teaching and learning methods are.


The third recommendation is “greening” the economy. ASEAN countries need to ensure that the COVID-19 response and recovery program can run sustainably and inclusively.


The fourth recommendation, said Prof. Armida, is to uphold human rights and implement a system of good governance. “Good governance is indeed one of the things that should be a priorities in Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia,” said Prof. Armida.


You can read the original article in Indonesian here: https://www.unpad.ac.id/2021/02/pbb-keluarkan-pilar-utama-pemulihan-global-dari-pandemi-covid-19/

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