UN Security Council expected to adopt first coronavirus resolution Wednesday
The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution Wednesday by virtual vote, calling on countries to end hostilities to focus on the Covid-19 virus, according to a draft resolution seen by CNN.
Almost four months after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11, it was the first action by the United Nations wing to protect international peace and security. The council was widely denounced for failing to reach agreement on an action, as more than 10 million people contracted the virus and various wars continued for several months.
A hot dispute between China and the United States has blocked the deal for months. The United States wanted no mention of the WHO, and China was furious when the United States insisted on blaming Beijing for the virus in the first months of the negotiations.
There is no mention of WHO in the final draft resolution. The resolution calls for “a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations on its agenda and supports the efforts undertaken by the Secretary-General”.
He said a ceasefire of at least 90 days would help “allow humanitarian aid to be delivered safely, unhindered and in a sustainable manner” during the coronavirus epidemic. The fight against ISIS and terrorism in Iraq is exempt.
Although more than 100 countries agree with this goal, the UN has recognized that the impact of the appeal for a ceasefire by UN Secretary-General António Guterres has not been affected. dramatic impact.
Voting is taking place over a two-day period and will take place almost due to the closure of the council chamber months ago when the outbreak broke out.
Results will be read after 11:30 am ET Wednesday.