India votes in favour of UNGA decision, calling for multilateral cooperation to fight Covid

United Nations, September 12

India, together with 168 nations, voted in favour of a COVID-19 decision within the UN General Assembly that reaffirms worldwide cooperation to answer “one of the greatest global challenges” and acknowledges the World Health Organisation’s “key leadership role” in responding to the outbreak, a reference the US objected to because it opposed the decision.

The Omnibus Resolution on Comprehensive and Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic was overwhelmingly adopted by the 193-member General Assembly Friday, with 169 nations voting in favour of the decision that recognised the COVID-19 pandemic as “one of the greatest global challenges in the history of the United Nations”.

The US and Israel voted towards the decision and Ukraine and Hungary abstained.

India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ok Nagaraj Naidu tweeted: “India votes in favour of the #COVID-19 omnibus resolution in the General Assembly recognising the pandemic as one of the greatest global challenges that call for a global response based on unity, solidarity and multilateral cooperation.”

“The resolution reaffirms its commitment to international cooperation, multilateralism and solidarity at all levels and as the only way for the world to effectively respond to global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and their consequences and acknowledges the key leadership role of the World Health Organisation and the fundamental role of the United Nations system in catalysing and coordinating the comprehensive global response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Naidu added.

Afghanistan’s UN envoy Adela Raz and Croatian Ambassador Ivan Simonovic have been co-coordinators of the in depth and wide-ranging decision, the third adopted by the General Assembly this yr on the pandemic that has killed over 9,00,000 individuals and contaminated 28.three million globally.

The decision just isn’t legally binding.

General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande stated the omnibus decision is a “powerful and ambitious text and it reflects the collective will of Member States to overcome this unprecedented challenge as nations, united. Negotiations were intense but cooperation prevailed”.

The decision urged member states to “enable all countries to have unhindered timely access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable diagnosis, therapeutics, medicines and vaccines, and essential health technologies for the COVID-19 response” and recognised the “role of extensive immunisation against COVID-19 as a global public good for health in preventing, containing and stopping transmission in order to bring the pandemic to an end, once safe, quality, efficacious, effective, accessible and affordable vaccines are available”.

It supported Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ enchantment for a direct world ceasefire, together with to assist create “corridors for life-saving aid, open windows for the diplomacy of dialogue”.

It known as upon political and non secular leaders to advertise inclusion and unity in response to the pandemic and to forestall and take sturdy motion towards racism, xenophobia, hate speech, violence, discrimination, together with on the idea of age and stigmatisation.

The decision additionally calls upon Member States to “advance with determination, bold and concerted actions and address the immediate social and economic impacts of the pandemic, while striving to get back on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by designing recovery strategies out of the crisis to accelerate progress towards the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda”.

In its clarification of the vote, the US stated it “does not concur” with the references to the World Health Organisation within the decision and criticised China for hiding the reality in regards to the outbreak that originated within the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan.

“Unfortunately, we might never know for certain how much of the pain and suffering caused by COVID-19 could have been avoided if the Chinese Communist Party had behaved like a responsible government and immediately warned the rest of the world of the virus that they uncovered in Wuhan,” the US Mission to the UN stated.

“Not only did they fail the world but the World Health Organisation’s failures in the early days of the pandemic also contributed to needless suffering and the worsening of this pandemic. The WHO needs to reform, including by demonstrating its independence from the Chinese Communist Party,” the US Mission stated.

It added that Washington voted towards the decision because it “cannot allow the resolution to be hijacked by several themes that are not pertinent to the discussion”.

In a tweet, the US Mission stated it “cannot, in good conscience”, assist a decision together with unrelated language supporting the development of the Chinese Communist Party propaganda, abortion, and language towards sanctions which might be designed to constrain dangerous actors together with eradicating unilateral financial and commerce sanctions.

The US stated: “The text attempts to undermine the international community’s ability to respond to acts that are offensive to international norms. Economic sanctions are a legitimate means to achieve foreign policy, security, and other national and international objectives, and the United States is not alone in that view or in that practice.”

The decision emphasised that illicit monetary flows, particularly these attributable to tax evasion, corruption and transnational organised crime, cut back the provision of important assets for responding to and recovering from COVID-19. PTI

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