In face of protectionism and nationalism, the remedy is multilateralism, says Italian PM

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi has called on world leaders to uphold multilateralism and do all they can to overcome differences.
Speaking at the opening of the G20 Summit, Draghi, whose country holds the G20 presidency this year, reminded people that the world faced protectionism, unilateralism and nationalism even before the pandemic.
"But the more we go with all our challenges, the more it is clear that multilateralism is the best answer to the problems we face today," he said in the Rome Convention Center, also known as La Nuvola, or The Cloud. "In many ways, it's the only possible answer."
Draghi said that going alone is not an option to tackle challenges from the pandemic to climate change.
"We must do all we can to overcome our differences. We must rekindle the spirit that led to the creation of this group."
He warned of the "startling disparity in the global distribution of vaccines", citing the fact that in high-income countries 70 percent of the population has received at least one dose, while in the poorest countries the percentage is just 3 percent.
"The differences are morally unacceptable, and undermines the global recovery," said Draghi, a former governor of the European Central Bank.
His words were echoed by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who urged leaders at the G20 Summit to show leadership to save lives, prevent further suffering and enable a full global recovery.
"Vaccine inequality is prolonging the pandemic at great human and economic cost," he said.
According to a recent report by an activist group including organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International and UNAIDS, wealthy countries promised to donate 1.8 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines but have delivered just 261 million, or 14 percent, of the pledge.
At the meeting on Saturday the leaders of the world's 20 major economies endorsed a 15 percent global minimum corporate tax. Their commitment came after about 130 countries agreed in early October to a 15-percent minimum tax rate.
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