UN / COVID-19 RESOLUTION

01-Jul-2020 00:02:42
Echoing Secretary-General Antonio Guterres call for a worldwide ceasefire to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution demanding “a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations, on its agenda.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 01 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Tilt up, exterior UN Headquarters

01 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Multiple screens
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations:
“The result of the voting is as follows; the draft resolution received 15 votes in favour. The draft resolution has been adopted unanimously as resolution 2532 of 2020. Before adjourning the meeting, I would like to express, as presidency, the gratitude for France and for Tunisia for having drafted this, put this on the agenda for the adoption today. I think it’s a very strong signal for unity of the Council, and it’s a sign of hope that we send here from the Security Council out into the world.”
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“We started this negotiation basically on March 23rd, so it’s more than three months. Of course, it has been long, painful, difficult. It’s obvious that there were major differences among members of the Security Council, and I must say even among permanent members of the Security Council, and in such a situation you have to make compromise.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

5. Close up, UN flag

01 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“In the end we have been able to propose compromise. Compromise means everyone enters the logic of give and take, this is what we have been pushing from the very beginning. And we achieved a good result because we managed to keep the focus on the expectation from the international community and from the invitation of the Secretary-General, meaning a cessation of hostilities and the implementation of humanitarian access.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

7. Close up, UN flag

01 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Kais Kabtani, Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations:
“The resolution is not only the result of compromise between China and the United States, rather the result of compromise between the 15 members. I think the enormous stakes of this resolution have meant that each member has particular concern, of course with different degrees. And we made every effort possible to grasp those concerns and turn them into opportunity.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

9. Tilt up, exterior UN Headquarters
STORYLINE
Echoing Secretary-General Antonio Guterres call for a worldwide ceasefire to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Security Council today (1 Jul) unanimously adopted a resolution demanding “a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations, on its agenda.”

After announcing the result of the vote, German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said the adoption was “a very strong signal for unity of the Council, and it’s a sign of hope that we send here from the Security Council out into the world.”

The two-page resolution – drafted by France and Tunisia - was adopted 111 days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic.

French Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière said, “we started this negotiation basically on March 23rd, so it’s more than three months. Of course, it has been long, painful, difficult. It’s obvious that there were major differences among members of the Security Council, and I must say even among permanent members of the Security Council, and in such a situation you have to make compromise.”

De Rivière said “we achieved a good result because we managed to keep the focus on the expectation from the international community and from the invitation of the Secretary-General, meaning a cessation of hostilities and the implementation of humanitarian access. “

For his part, Tunisian Ambassador Kais Kabtani said, “the resolution is not only the result of compromise between China and the United States, rather the result of compromise between the 15 members. I think the enormous stakes of this resolution have meant that each member has particular concern, of course with different degrees. And we made every effort possible to grasp those concerns and turn them into opportunity.”

Through the resolution, the Council called upon all parties to armed conflicts to immediately engage in a “durable humanitarian pause” of at least 90 days, to enable the safe, unhindered and sustained delivery of lifesaving aid.
It affirmed, however, that no ceasefire would apply for ongoing military operations against the extremist group ISIL, otherwise known as Da’esh, Al Qaeda, the Al Nusra Front and other Council-designated terrorist groups.

It requested the Secretary-General to instruct the United Nations’ 13 peacekeeping missions to support host country efforts to contain the coronavirus, and to provide updates on UN efforts to address the pandemic in conflict zones and humanitarian crisis areas.

Wednesday’s resolution makes no mention of the World Health Organization (WHO) which according to news reports was a bone of contention during lengthy negotiations on the text, notably between China and the United States, which announced its withdrawal from the UN health agency in April.

The Council is planning an open video-teleconference on Thursday on the implications of COVID-19 on the maintenance of international peace and security.
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