UN convenes special assembly of the General Assembly on the subject of coronavirus

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193 UN member states have passed four resolutions on the pandemic so far this year (acts)

United Nations:

The United Nations General Assembly held a special session on Thursday to look at international coordination in response to the coronavirus pandemic from December 3-4 in New York.

The meeting, discussed since June, is intended to bring together heads of state and government in accordance with a resolution adopted by 150 of the 193 members of the General Assembly.

No country voted against the measure, while the US, Israel and Armenia abstained.

Leaders can submit pre-recorded statements five minutes beforehand to be broadcast in the General Assembly Hall.

After a brief introduction by representatives physically present in the room, the clips will play according to the resolution – a format similar to that of the annual general meeting in September.

Personal appearances by world leaders are unlikely, given the 14-day New York State quarantine period required for international visitors.

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The United States has already hinted that it is against an expanded role for the World Health Organization in fighting the pandemic, an attitude that is facing a major blow from Russia.

Germany criticized the resolution as being too vague, while Great Britain called for the representation of non-governmental organizations and other civil society groups.

The 193 UN member states have so far passed four resolutions on the pandemic this year – on global solidarity, global access to medicines and vaccines, the coordination of global measures and a unified response to global health threats.

The Security Council, on the other hand, which had to deal with Sino-US tensions across the virus, only passed one resolution on the pandemic calling for an end to global conflicts in the interests of fighting Covid-19.

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