COVID-19 has been shaking societies around the world for over a year, disrupting lives and livelihoods in all countries. But some of us have been feeling the disruption more than others. OXFAM has dubbed COVID-19 the inequality virus, seeing how it has exposed and amplified inequalities of wealth, gender and race. For the first time in recorded history, inequality is bound to increase in almost every country at once – unless we do something about it, and we do it now.
In October 2020, in their General Assembly, the Members of Club de Madrid – over 110 democratic former Heads of State and Government from over 70 countries – adopted a declaration of Principles for Equity During Global Crises. A principled approach, with equity at the center, is necessary to guide an effective and equitable response to the COVID-19 crisis. It is also crucial to build back better, with social inclusion as a pillar of our collective resilience to future crises, in line with our aspiration for Shared Societies.
Hear about the Principles from Club de Madrid Members and Partners
Over the last year, Club de Madrid Members and partners have emphasized the importance of these Principles in numerous policy discussions and fora. Each week we will upload a new video on a new principle.Throughout March and April 2021, on #EquityThursdays, we will upload a new video presenting their thoughts. Listen to what they have to say!
One year ago, @WHO declared #COVID19 a pandemic 🌎— Club de Madrid (@clubdemadrid) March 11, 2021
Today health and economic recovery from the virus must reach all people 🧑🤝🧑 #EquityThursdays
Read our Principles for Equity during Global Crises, a declaration to put equity at the centre of recovery.
Principle 1 – Inclusive Public Health
Inclusive public health is critical for containing the pandemic and ensuring the wellbeing of all.
Our ‘Principles for Equity during Global Crises’ put equality at the centre of #COVID19 recovery ↗️— Club de Madrid (@clubdemadrid) March 18, 2021
Principle1⃣ – We need inclusive public health.
Member @HelenClarkNZ 🇳🇿 explains how public health can protect us from #COVID19 and the next disruption.#EquityThursdays pic.twitter.com/IsqiYEb3BE
Principle 2 – Inclusive Economies
Inclusive strategies are needed to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable populations and the broader global economy.
Our Principles for Equity during Global Crises put equity at the centre of #COVID19 recovery— Club de Madrid (@clubdemadrid) March 25, 2021
Principle2⃣- Inclusive Economy
“Equality and inclusiveness will be a fundamental feature for us to act internationally”, says @manuelmunizv #EquityThursdays
Principle 3 – Inclusive Discourse
Respectful standards for inclusive discourse are required to protect vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
We have developed 5️⃣ Principles that can guide an inclusive recovery from #COVID— Club de Madrid (@clubdemadrid) April 1, 2021
Principle 3️⃣ – Inclusive Discourse
Our VP @Laura_Ch talks about the stigmatization of migrants, much more common in the context of the pandemic#EquityThursdays
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Principle 4 – Multilateralism for social inclusion
Multilateral, global efforts to prioritize social inclusion are critical for the effectiveness of coordinated strategies for the pandemic and future efforts to transcend global crises.
🦠 COVID-19 recovery is an opportunity to reimagine our course, says 🇺🇳UNSG @antonioguterres. #EquityThursdays— Club de Madrid (@clubdemadrid) April 8, 2021
🧑🤝🧑 Time to put social inclusion at the center of global efforts and transcend the pandemic.
📜 Principles for Equity During Global Crises
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Principle 5 – Inclusive Participation
A reinvigorated focus on democratic participation and social
inclusion is key for moving beyond the COVID-19 pandemic towards a more responsive and resilient capacity to address global crises.
Today is #EquityThursdays‼️ Time to think about how we can #BuildBackBetter following our Principles for Global Equity.— Club de Madrid (@clubdemadrid) April 15, 2021
Principle 5️⃣ – Inclusive participation.
SG of @CIVICUSalliance, @lysajohn, talks about CSO engagement at different levels of gov.
More Club de Madrid Initiatives on Equity in the Post-COVID Era
- –People’s Vaccine Alliance – Club de Madrid is working together with UNAIDS and others to present to the global community a realistic strategy that ensures a fair and universal access to vaccines, with particular attention to the challenges that low-and-middle-income countries face when it comes to a global and equitable vaccination process.
- –Shared Societies Project – Club de Madrid has been working for over 14 years, in partnership with the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, to build Shared Societies – inclusive societies in which all individuals have equal opportunities to contribute and express their differences, while integrating their voice in the broader population, with a common sense of belonging and responsibility.
- -Club de Madrid is working on a Global Commission on Democracy and Emergencies, which will formulate recommendations, based on the COVID-19 experience, to enhance the ability of democracy to function, to deliver, to be trusted and to command the enduring commitment of citizens in the midst of emergency situations. Its deliberations will reflect views from democracies around the world. We will soon share more information about this initiative on our website.
Initiatives outside of Club de Madrid
In a personal capacity, our Members have also been very vocal in defending an equity-based approach to the health and economic crisis.