President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) did not participate in the public debate held by the G-20 on the covid-19 pandemic and on strategies to prepare the world to face similar situations in the future. He embarked for Macapá.
The defeated US President Donald Trump did not participate either. According to CNN, he was playing golf at the time of the debate.
Virtual, the group’s summit was closed. But Saudi organizers held a side event with some leaders to reinforce the idea that a global response was needed.
According to the president’s agenda, Bolsonaro would leave early for an appointment. He was in Brasília and left for Macapá (AP) just before the discussion started. There, you will visit and power substations. The state has been experiencing light rationing and blackouts since November 3.
Planalto’s advisory did not provide clarifications to the Twitter.
In his keynote address, the president spoke about the pandemic and, beforehand, sent a message to the G-20 in which he said that “time” showed that he was right about dealing with the crisis.
As Bolsonaro embarked, the Saudis opened the debates, followed by the Italian council president, Giuseppe Conte. Rome assumes the presidency of the G-20 in 2021 and insisted that its focus will be on creating conditions so that the world can give a coordinated response to the crisis.
Conte also advocated “expanding cooperation with multilateral entities” and making WHO more efficient. For him, this is the moment that should serve as a “turning point” for humanity “to respond to crises in the future”.
For Latin America, Alberto Fernandez, president of Argentina, took the floor. He insisted that his government chose to make “life a priority”.
The event also featured Emmanuel Macron, president of France. For him, the pandemic is a “test for the G-20” and called for global action with regard to the effort to immunize populations. The French bet on a vaccine by the end of the year. But, in order to avoid “a world at two speeds”, he insists on the need for a financial effort so that the products reach the poorest places in the world.
To fight “national selfishness”, Macron insists that the vaccine alliance – known as Covax – needs more resources.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also called on the other G-20 countries to expand their international contributions to ensure a wide vaccination in the world. “This is in everyone’s interest,” he said. She also defended the strengthening of WHO and its greater independence.
Also present at the event were the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, and the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.