Security Council Calls for Increased Global Cooperation to Facilitate COVID-19 Vaccine Access in Conflict Areas, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2565 (2021)

26 Feb

The Security Council today announced the adoption of a resolution calling for strengthened international cooperation to facilitate equitable and affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines in armed conflict and post-conflict situations, and during complex humanitarian emergencies.

Affordable Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Key for Helping Non-Self-Governing Territories Achieve Sustainable Development, Secretary-General Tells Decolonization Committee

18 Feb

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, as delivered by Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, to the organizational meeting of the 2021 session of the Special Committee on Decolonization, today:

Secretary-General, Addressing Security Council, Pledges Full Support for Creating Emergency Task Force to Prepare Global COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

17 Feb

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks, as delivered, to the Security Council open meeting:  “Equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in contexts affected by conflict and insecurity”, today:

Gender-Specific COVID-19 Recovery Measures Key to Retaining Progress in Female Economic Empowerment, Deputy Secretary-General Tells UN-Women Round Table

17 Feb

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the round table hosted by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development titled “Rebuild, Boost, and Transform:  Gender approaches for an inclusive COVID-19 recovery”, today:

Secretary-General Calls Vaccine Equity Biggest Moral Test for Global Community, as Security Council Considers Equitable Availability of Doses

17 Feb

Addressing the equitable distribution of vaccines against the coronavirus in the Security Council today, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres proposed the creation of an emergency task force by the G20 countries to prepare and help implement a global immunization plan.

General Assembly Adopts Resolution Extending Preparatory Period of Angola from Least Developed Country Category

11 Feb

Acting unanimously today, the General Assembly decided on an exceptional basis to provide Angola — which had stood poised to graduate from the United Nations list of least developed countries — with an additional preparatory period of three years, in light of socioeconomic vulnerabilities exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary-General Calls for Early Action to Avoid World of ‘Vaccine Haves and Have-Nots’, at African COVID-19 Strategy Meeting

27 Jan

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message to the high-level webinar on the African COVID-19 Vaccine Financing and Deployment Strategy, held today: