The UN Academic Impact Group calls for a global ceasefire

The University of Auckland joined with other UN Academic Impact Group members in supporting the Secretary General’s call for a global ceasefire.

On March 23rd, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued an urgent appeal for a global ceasefire and for the world focus on defeating COVID-19. The University of Auckland has joined the other United Nations Impact Group members in supporting the global call-to-action.

The expression of support reads:

We, the United Nations Academic Impact hubs on the Sustainable Development Goals welcome the call by the United Nations Secretary-General for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. 

It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives as we confront our common enemy - COVID 19.

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General United Nations

The global academic sector has been particularly devastated by the economic, social and, above all, human consequences of the virus. Equally, this sector has shouldered the responsibility of doing the best it can, through research and community engagement, to mitigate these ill effects, limit their spread and work towards their successful elimination and future prevention. Its work and efforts thrive in an atmosphere of peace and freedom from conflict, never more needed than in a time as now when faced with a virus that does not attack one side or the other but makes victims of all.