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Global Economic Crisis Looms as USD Devastates Economies in 52 Countries – Bitcoin Emerges as Potential Global Currency and Safe Haven

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    • UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, advocates for a major revamp of the antiquated, dysfunctional, and inequitable global financial system, noting the dire economic crisis facing 52 countries.
    • Guterres emphasizes the need for reformation in the Security Council and Bretton Woods institutions to redistribute power and better reflect contemporary realities.

Inequality in the Global Financial Landscape

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, asserts that the worldwide financial landscape requires substantial renovation. In his address at the G7 summit in Japan, he highlighted that a considerable number of countries are in severe economic predicaments. Although institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) operate legally and by their guidelines, Guterres claimed that the global financial rules themselves are unjust and inequitable.

In his words,

“The IMF allocated $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights – or SDRs [since 2020]. The G7 countries, with a population of 772 million people, received $280 billion. The African continent, with 1.3 billion people, received only $34 billion. And this was done according to the rules…”

He added that 52 countries globally are technically defaulting, at high risk of default, or confronting prohibitively expensive market financing.

The Need for Global Financial Reform

The current global financial system, largely conceived by representatives from 44 countries in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire in 1944, is due for a significant upgrade. Guterres decried the system as outdated, dysfunctional, and unfair. He stressed that it’s time to reform the Security Council and Bretton Woods institutions, framing this as a matter of redistributing power to reflect the realities of today’s world.

Despite the systemic challenges, Guterres points out that there are still actions that can be taken within the existing financial structure. He underscored a UN proposal designed to tackle climate change by introducing a new debt-relief and financing mechanism for developing nations.

The Secretary-General explained,

“We have proposed a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) stimulus that would provide an effective mechanism for debt relief and scale up long-term and contingency funding. If multilateral development banks would work together and changed their business models and approach to risk, they could leverage enormous amounts of private finance for developing countries at a reasonable cost.”

In essence, Guterres is calling for a more equitable global financial infrastructure, reflective of modern realities, and better able to support countries in dire economic situations.

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