A Letter to G20 Leaders

COVID-19 Crisis Management and Recovery

LSE IGA co-leads international effort of policy makers, academic and business to advise on COVID-19 crisis management and recovery

"Without further G20 action, the pandemic-induced recession will only deepen, hurting the world’s poorest and most marginalized people the most."

What the G20 Should Do Now (1 June 2020).

A series of letters to G20 leaders, coordinated by Professor Erik Berglof, Gordon Brown (former UK Prime Minister) and Sir Jeremy Farrar (Director of the Wellcome Trust), are calling for international action to help emerging and developing countries in the COVID-19 crisis.

The initial letter "A Letter to G20 Governments" has been signed by more than 200 former world leaders, leading economists and global health experts. Read the full letter here and list of signatories here.

Extract from the latest letter "What the G20 should do now" (1 June 2020):

"Our world is at a critical moment. On May 30, the highest daily figure was recorded for new cases of COVID-19 worldwide. On every continent, countries are attempting to stop the transmission of the virus. Compared to pre-crisis levels, the International Labor Organization estimates a 10.5% decline in the number of hours worked, equivalent to the loss of more than 300 million full-time jobs. For the first time this century, global poverty is on the rise."

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Previous Calls to Action

Read "A Letter to G20 Governments" (6 April 2020) here.

Read "The Deadly Urgency of Now" (28 April 2020) here.