Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and South African actor Charlize Theron have strongly backed the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s call for a global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement on Friday, the UN chief renewed his call to warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons and join “our shared battle” against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
“To silence the guns, we must raise the voices for peace,” he said in a virtual press conference.
Activist Malala Yusufzai, backing the call, said, “In the midst of a deadly pandemic, the world cannot bear the cost of wars. Having lived through conflict and violence, I support Antonio Guterres appeal for a global ceasefire.”
Theron supporting the peace call said: “Thank you UN secretary-general for calling for a global ceasefire. Coronavirus transcends nationality, ethnicity, faith, gender. We must channel our efforts into fighting this virus, not each other,” the actor tweeted.