UN / CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES

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UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council that the COVID-19 pandemic “has hindered diplomatic action and complicated our peace-making efforts," adding that “by exacerbating existing fragilities, it has amplified the prevention challenge” and “made the steps needed to address that challenge more urgent.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 JANUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary A. Dicarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“The pandemic has hindered diplomatic action and complicated our peace-making efforts. It has not, for the most part, affected the underlining dynamic of armed conflicts. Yet, by exacerbating existing fragilities, it has amplified the prevention challenge I underlined in September and made the steps needed to address that challenge more urgent.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary A. Dicarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“One thing is clear, the pandemic has served as a political stress test as much as a structural and public health one. It is laid bare that acute crisis is seen as an opportunity to gain advantage in the battlefield or as a pretext, to perpetuate or entrench oppressive practices. But it is also confirmed that where there is real political will to make sustained peace, almost no barrier is insurmountable.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary A. Dicarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“We remain particularly alarmed by the impact of COVID-19 on women and youth, as well as other populations suffering from marginalization. This includes the loss of employment and income, and the dramatic escalation of gender based and domestic violence. Young women and men are also at risk of being left behind in education and economic opportunities.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Andrew Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“We need to take action to ensure vaccines reaching the most vulnerable people in the world, countries should scale up their support for the ACT Accelerator and the COVAX facility. And while they have a primary responsibility to vaccine their own citizens, government also should consider channelling surpass doses through COVAX. This is not about generosity, but a matter of self-interest of the wealthier countries.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Andrew Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“National government should also fulfil their responsibility to include their national vaccination plans all high risk populations within their territories, including refugees, internal displaced people, and people living in areas under the control over non-state armed groups. And we should also ensure the COVID-19 vaccines do not get financed in the very poorest countries at the expense of other lifesaving activities. If money is diverted from routine immunization, famine relief for other health services to pay for the COVID vaccine, there will be more, not less loss of lives.”
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STORYLINE:

UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council that the COVID-19 pandemic “has hindered diplomatic action and complicated our peace-making efforts," adding that “by exacerbating existing fragilities, it has amplified the prevention challenge” and “made the steps needed to address that challenge more urgent.”

Addressing the Security Council via a video link today (25 Jan), DiCarlo reiterated, “one thing is clear, the pandemic has served as a political stress test as much well as a structural and public health one.”

She continued, “it is laid bear that acute crisis is seen as an opportunity to gain advantage in the battlefield or as a pretext, to perpetuate or entrench oppressive practices. But it is also confirmed that where there is real political will to make sustained peace, almost no barrier is insurmountable.”


The UN political affairs chief also said the UN remains “particularly alarmed by the impact of COVID-19 on women and youth, as well as other populations suffering from marginalization.”

She explained, “this includes the loss of employment and income, and the dramatic escalation of gender based and domestic violence. Young women and men are also at risk of being left behind in education and economic opportunities.”

UN humanitarian affairs chief Mark Lowcock also addressed the Council. He said, “we need to take action to ensure vaccines reaching the most vulnerable people in the world, countries should scale up their support for the ACT Accelerator and the COVAX facility.”

Lowcock continued, “while they have a primary responsibility to vaccine their own citizens, government also should consider channelling surpass doses through COVAX. This is not about generosity, but a matter of self-interest of the wealthier countries.”

He also stated that national government should also fulfil their responsibility to “include their national vaccination plans all high-risk populations within their territories, including refugees, internal displaced people, and people living in areas under the control over non-state armed groups.”

Lowcock continued, “we should also ensure the COVID-19 vaccines do not get financed in the very poorest countries at the expense of other lifesaving activities. If money is diverted from routine immunization, famine relief for other health services to pay for the COVID vaccine, there will be more, not less loss of lives.”
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