UN Secretary-General calls for “solidarity” amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Understanding the gravity of the pandemic, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 31 called for global “solidarity” and cooperation on socio-economic fronts.

Antonio Guterres said, “We must respond decisively, innovatively and together to suppress the spread of the virus and address the socio-economic devastation that COVID-19 is causing in all regions”. He added, “What the world needs now is solidarity… With solidarity we can defeat the virus and build a better world”.

The United Nations has taken several steps to fight against the pandemic in several countries.

In order to channelize all resources at hand in fighting the pandemic, the UN Mission in Somalia called for a cessation of hostilities and both the UN Support Office in Somalia and the African Union Mission in Somalia have been assisting the Somali government in fighting the pandemic, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Guterres.

Also, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) handed over equipment and other materials to the Naqoura Municipality, which hosts the UN mission’s headquarters in south Lebanon.

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