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NAM creates Covid19 Task Force

4 May 2020

The online NAM Contact Group Summit on the theme "United against COVID-19” was hosted by the current Chairman of NAM, President of Republic of Azerbaijan HE Ilham Aliyev. The objective of the Summit was to promote international solidarity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and to mobilise efforts of States and international organisations to address the pandemic. The event also commemorated the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.

Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa participating in the NAM Contact Group online Summit (Elmond Jiyane/GCIS)

Heads of State and Government and other leaders, including from member States in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe participated in the Summit.

The Summit was also addressed by the President of the UN General Assembly Prof Tijjani Muhammed Bande, UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres, African Union Chairperson Musa Faki Mahamat, EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, as well as Director General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.

In the meeting the Leaders assessed the impact of COVID-19, identified needs and requirements for possible remedies and urged action-oriented follow-up measures. Following the Summit, leaders adopted a Declaration underlining the importance of international solidarity in the fight against COVID-19.

In the Declaration they expressed concern over the rapid spread of COVID-19, which poses a major challenge to humanity and requires a global response based on unity, solidarity and renewed multilateral cooperation. They reiterated their support to multilateralism with the United Nations at its core, and acknowledged that preserving and strengthening the values of multilateralism and international cooperation is fundamental to promoting and supporting the three pillars of the United Nations –peace and security, development and human rights.

The Leaders announced the creation of a ‘Task Force’ to identify needs and requirements of member States through the establishment of a common database reflecting their basic medical, social and humanitarian needs in the fight against COVID-19.




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