The UN General Assembly adopted a comprehensive resolution on a comprehensive fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic; the document, which mentions all areas of life affected by the epidemic, states that COVID-19 is one of the greatest problems in the history of the organization.
According to the text, the General Assembly recognizes “that the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the greatest global problems in the history of the UN. The resolution was voted for by 169 states. The USA and Israel spoke against it, Ukraine and Hungary abstained.
UNGA is deeply concerned that the pandemic is having a devastating impact due to severe shocks in society, the economy, employment, global trade, travel, agriculture, industry, and commerce.
The UN General Assembly recognizes that the impact of the pandemic is far more severe on the lives of women, the elderly, youth and children, the poor and vulnerable. At the same time, the UNGA, according to the document, expresses deep concern about the growing discrimination, incitement to hatred, racism, and xenophobia associated with the pandemic. The authors call for the fight against these phenomena.
In addition, the signatories express concern about the spread of misinformation and propaganda, including through the Internet, in the context of the pandemic.
“The General Assembly supports the UN Secretary-General’s call for an immediate ceasefire worldwide, including the establishment of corridors for aid delivery,” the document said.
According to the text, the UNGA calls on governments and civil society to respond to the pandemic. This includes the strengthening of health and social support systems.
The resolution says that the General Assembly calls on states to provide all countries with unhindered timely access to quality, safe, effective, and accessible diagnostics, therapeutic agents, medicines, and vaccines to combat the pandemic.