Reports at the meeting said the pandemic continued to severely impact all countries, worsening inequality and discrimination, with women and young people most affected, and hindering peace processes and elections.
The number of people in need of humanitarian aid globally was estimated to increase by 40 per cent and countries suffering the worst economic declines in the last nine decades were also the poorest and most vulnerable.
Participants called on all parties involved in armed conflicts to fully implement Resolution 2532 and the UN Secretary-General’s call for a ceasefire, provide humanitarian assistance and facilitate humanitarian access for people from countries with conflict, and increase the support and protect the safety and health of peacekeeping forces.
They stressed that the COVID-19 vaccine should be a public good, affirming the need to address the economic impact of the pandemic to prevent political problems and threatening international peace and security.
The Vietnamese diplomat proposed setting a monitoring mechanism for the implementation of the ceasefire and promote the mediation role of special representatives of the UN Secretary General and regional organisations in resolving conflicts. — VNS