PM calls for upholding UN’s central role in pushing back Covid-19
08:30 | 04/12/2020
VGP – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called for upholding the central role of the UN, stepping up policy coordination, taking collective action, and championing  international cooperation and multilateral efforts in pushing back the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Photo: VGP

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The Government chief made the call in his video message to the high-level, special session of the United Nations General Assembly on Covid-19.

The Government chief made the call in his video message to the high-level, special session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Covid-19.

As a non-permanent member of the UNSC for 2020-2021 term, Viet Nam supports and welcomes the UN Secretary General’s Appeal on Global Ceasefire, lifting of unilateral sanctions and facilitation of humanitarian assistance for countries to fight Covid-19, Phuc said.

Phuc also called for people-centric policies and actions in which top priority should be given to protecting people’s health and lives and ensuring universal and affordable access to vaccines and treatments by all countries and territories.

The PM also said countries should not lose sight of commitments with regard to the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030 and climate action. In particular, developing countries should receive financial, commercial, and technical assistance in realizing the UN SDGs as needed.

He took the occasion to express thanks to the valuable support and assistance from the UN organizations and international partners for Viet Nam’s fight against the pandemic.

As the 2020 ASEAN Chair, Viet Nam has worked with fellow member states in putting forth initiatives in Covid-19 response such as the ASEAN Covid-19 Response Fund, the Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies, the Strategic Framework for Public Health Emergencies, and the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases.

ASEAN has also adopted the Comprehensive Recovery Framework and its Implementation Plan across the 03 Community pillars to support people and businesses in overcoming the impacts of the pandemic and return to normal life./.

By Ngoc Van


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