Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has stressed that coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be contained only through a coordinated multilateral response and cooperation at an unprecedented level.
“This [coordinated multilateral response] includes doubling down on international obligations to prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases. To achieve this vision, Qatar has allocated $88 million to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in more than 88 countries around the world,” Sheikh Mohammed said while addressing the 13th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Governance Group (3G).
He thanked Singapore for leading the 13th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Governance Group and hosting this dialogue with the members of the G20 Tripartite Committee on the sidelines of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The FM stressed the importance of fair and equitable access to safe and effective vaccines against the coronavirus to control the pandemic.
To this end, he said, Qatar has allocated $20 million to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization to enhance research and clinical tests for vaccines and drugs.
Qatar also pledged to provide $10 million to the World Health Organization to support the provision of testing and treatment devices.
“There is no doubt that meeting and exchanging views at a time when we are witnessing extraordinary events is necessary. The current global threats and challenges, foremost of which is the coronavirus pandemic, clearly remind us of the close interconnectedness among all of us,” he said.
“None of us will be safe unless everyone is safe, and this interconnectedness represents a strong argument confirming that global governance and pluralism are indispensable to confront the global threats and achieve of the general interest of all. It also reminds us of the central role of the United Nations in these joint efforts, and this was one of the main messages contained in the declaration adopted by world leaders on Monday on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations,” he added.
The FM said global governance requires a continuous commitment throughout the year to the principles of international law.
“We believe that the principle of global governance requires a continuous commitment throughout the year, including adherence to the principles of international law and friendly relations between countries on the basis of sovereign equality, good neighbourliness, pluralism, international and regional cooperation. We also believe that it is necessary to continue cooperation and coordination for the common good of present and future generations,” he added.
He said the cooperation between the United Nations, the G20 and the Global Governance Group is extremely important and essential in the pursuit of effective international cooperation, global solidarity and comprehensive global governance in the face of the common challenges all the world faces today
The FM also expressed pride for supporting the unique campaign “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future”, which aims to put the world back on the right track to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He said the initiative has succeeded in mobilising huge commitments from various actors.
The FM added Qatar is committed to the call of the UN Secretary-General to make recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic a real opportunity to improve performance in the future.
He considered the COVID-19 pandemic an unprecedented warning bell, as it made clear some of the obstacles facing the development that have been addressed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
He highlighted the urgent need to work closely together in cooperation with the United Nations and the G20 to reduce the economic and social damage caused by the pandemic, enhance resilience and achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.
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