After the start of the war in Ukraine, the challenge of improving our global health fell into oblivion. This represents not only a medical problem, but a serious ethical issue as well. According to the United Nations Secretary General António Gutierrez, health inequalities after the pandemic were “an obscenity”. The picture is getting worse every day due to an appalling loss of the world's ability to react to new health threats, and the deterioration of living conditions of the poorest populations with its clinical consequences.
On the way to the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Bali, the debate will revolve around economic recovery, food security, climate change, and the war in Ukraine. But the G20 should take particular care also for the problems in international trade. The global trading system suffers under a severe pressure as many countries increasingly seek to implement unilateral trade policy measures, and beggar-thy-neighbour industrial policies with the aim of addressing their economic problems.