In the first resolution adopted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the General Assembly called for solidarity in the fight against the virus
The UN General Assembly, which is now operating in video mode, has adopted the first resolution since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It refers to the need for international cooperation in the fight against coronavirus. The parallel project proposed by Russia did not receive the necessary support from the members of the General Assembly.
The adopted resolution emphasizes the central role of UN agencies in the fight against the new coronavirus, which has infected more than a million people around the world and claimed 50,000 lives, and states the need to respect human rights. The authors of the project emphasize the inadmissibility of xenophobia, racism and discrimination in the fight against COVID-19
The draft resolution was submitted by Ghana, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland and it was adopted without a vote by consensus. The resolution was supported by Russia, which, in co-authorship with 28 states, simultaneously submitted its draft to the General Assembly for consideration - not even a resolution, but a Declaration of Solidarity in the fight against coronavirus.
According to the Russian delegation, the authors of the adopted resolution did not take into account the wishes of other states, which left behind a number of “absolutely critical issues” that the UN Secretary General and other senior UN officials are calling for to resolve.
Among the provisions proposed in the Russian draft and not included in the adopted resolution: providing assistance to the most affected states, especially developing countries, “abandoning trade wars and applying unilateral sanctions bypassing the UN Security Council to ensure urgent access to food and medicine, as well as countering financial speculation with essential commodities. ”
Nevertheless, the Russian Federation supported the proposed project, proceeding from the need for international solidarity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the belief that UN agencies play a key role in this.