Covid-19: Algeria urges international community for mutual aid, multilateral work promotion

APS - 04 December 2020

ALGIERS- Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad on Thursday called the international community to unity, mutual aid and promotion of multilateral work within an enhanced, revitalized and inclusive global partnership to overcome the pandemic and its fallout.

In a video link address to the UN General Assembly Special Session on Covid-19 Pandemic (UNGASS), Djerad said "the nature and impact of this global tragedy, which has not spared any country, demands of us all to establish unity and mutual aid to promote, quickly, a global and coordinated solution allowing all States to ensure for their citizens appropriate healthcare.

"We are all aware of the seriousness of the situation and its impact on the achievements of our peoples."

The prime minister stressed "the seriousness of the current situation facing our peoples requires the mobilization of everyone, the combination of efforts and the promotion of multilateral work in the framework of a strengthened, revitalized and inclusive global partnership, to address this pandemic and its impacts."

"The guarantee of quick and equitable access, by all States and peoples, to the vaccine will probably be the first challenge we will have to face in order to raise the value of solidarity."

Solidarity, he carried on, "is imposed today not only as a high humanitarian value, but as an imperative necessity to face a collective threat, which does not recognize borders or distinctions between men."

"Indeed, this pandemic has exacerbated poverty, deepened inequality and worsened the situation in vulnerable nations, including the African countries that lack the means to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and the capacity to face the challenges that come with it," Djerad explained.

"These challenges add to the many crises facing the world, such as climate change, natural disasters, terrorism, armed conflict, illegal emigration and racism," he noted.

"Such a situation can only have a negative impact on the relative progress made by these countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."