Dalai Lama calls for united, coordinated global response to COVID-19 pandemic

DHARAMSALA, 3 May: As the world battles COVID-19, the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has called for “coordinated global response” to tackle challenges posed by the pandemic.

 Acknowledging the COVID-19 pandemic as the defining global health crisis of our time and that “economic disruption is posing a major challenge to governments and undermining the ability of so many people to make a living the Dalai Lama has said in a statement issued on his official website dalailama.com that the “world should unite for a coordinated global response to COVID-19.”

“This crisis and its consequences serve as a warning that only by coming together in a coordinated, global response, will we meet the unprecedented magnitude of the challenges we face.”

The Tibetan Nobel Laureate has further reiterated the “we must focus on what unites us as members of one human family” and that “we need to reach out to each other with compassion.”

“As human beings, we are all the same. We experience the same fears, the same hopes, the same uncertainties, yet we are also united by a desire for happiness. Our human capacity to reason and to see things realistically gives us the ability to transform hardship into opportunity,” he added.

“I pray we all heed “The Call to Unite”,”  the Dalai Lama has concluded.

The Dalai Lama has issued the statement responding to a request from the ‘The Call to Unite’; a 26-hour Livestream global relief event.

The event, organized by film producer Tim Shriver, was launched to help inspire people to endure and overcome the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 200 celebrities from all over, including Oprah Winfrey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Julia Roberts, Josh Groban and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush took part in the event to help inspire people to surge onward and overcome challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic that originated form Wuhan, China has infected 3,523,121 people and caused 247,752 deaths. 

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