Thursday, December 3, 2020

UN General Assembly to hold landmark special session on COVID-19 -

The president of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Volkan Bozkir, will host the assembly's 31st special session Thursday through Friday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNGA announced Wednesday.

"Following 1.5 million deaths, more than 62 million cases worldwide and one of the largest social and economic crises in living memory, controlling and recovering from COVID-19 is the international community's top priority," according to a UNGA press release.

It said that UN member states have thus mandated a special session of the UNGA to reflect on the response to the ongoing crisis to date and "forge a united path forward to better recovery, including access to a COVID-19 vaccine."

"COVID-19 is a global health crisis. It is also an economic crisis, a development crisis, a humanitarian crisis and a human rights crisis. It revealed the structural inequalities and disproportionately affected the most vulnerable members of our societies," said Bozkir.

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