UN resolution calls for global response against COVID-19

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The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution on COVID-19, calling for “global response” based on unity, solidarity and renewed multilateral cooperation to defeat the pandemic.

The Resolution 74/270 adopted on Thursday states that the 193-member UNGA notes “with great concern” the threat to human health, safety and well-being caused by COVID-19, which continues to spread globally.

The UNGA recognizes the “unprecedented” effects of the pandemic, including the severe disruption to societies and economies, as well as to global travel and commerce, and the devastating impact on the livelihood of people, it said.

It calls for intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and defeat the pandemic, through exchange of information, scientific knowledge and best practices –by applying the relevant guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization.

Under the resolution, the UN system under the leadership of the secretary-general is to work with all relevant actors to mobilize a coordinated global response to the pandemic and its adverse social, economic and financial impact on all societies.

The resolution is the first to be adopted by the UNGA on the pandemic that has infected more than one million people globally.

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