Vietnam underscores priority support for countries affected by COVID-19

VOV.VN - Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN, has called on governments, the UN, and international organisations such as the World Health Organization to step up co-ordination efforts to provide priority support for countries which have been negatively affected by COVID-19.

His appeal came during an online meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on April 9 which discussed the COVID-19 for the first time at the request of Vietnam and eight other non-permanent UNSC member countries.

Ambassador Quy affirmed the nation’s support for the central role of the United Nations and the efforts put in by the UN Secretary General in recent times, sharing the UN chief’s call for ceasefires to take place in conflicts globally. He also requested that the UN and other concerned parties pay close attention to the world’s most vulnerable people such as women, children, the elderly, and the disabled, whilst also ensuring the safety of UN staff in their efforts to support countries fight the pandemic.                

In his address, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres emphasised how the spread of the pandemic has brought about an array of challenges, negatively impacting on the economic and political life of many countries and worsening conflicts.

The current priority of the UN is to help cease war in countries around the world, aid in mobilising international resources to support nations, and prioritising humanitarian assistance for regions which are in urgent need of aid, adding that future UN missions will focus on supporting pandemic-hit countries. He also called on the UN Security Council to present a united front to promote its role in co-ordinating international efforts to fight the pandemic.                    

UNSC members underscored the serious nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the necessity of increasing international co-operation as a means of providing an effective response to the comprehensive impacts of COVID-19.

At the end of the meeting, all participants agreed to issue a press release stating that the Security Council discussed the Secretary-General's global call for a ceasefire and its impact on the UN’s humanitarian peacekeeping activities. They also voiced their support for the UN chief’s efforts while urging affected countries to unite in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

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