UNESCAP declares “profound solidarity” with members to fight COVID-19 pandemic

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has adopted a resolution, declaring “profound solidarity” with the members and people affected by the COVID-19.

The UNESCAP is also resolved to pursue coordinated and decisive actions to contain, mitigate and defeat the pandemic through reinforced regional and global cooperation, according to the resolution.

The resolution was adopted Thursday at the 76th session of the UNESCAP in Bangkok.

The resolution reiterated the importance of multilateralism and international cooperation, and encouraged action by all members to promote measures that may reinforce global solidarity in responding to the outbreak of the COVID-19.

International and regional cooperation was also highlighted in the resolution as a means to strengthen the resilience of the members in the region, with regard to the socioeconomic effects of pandemics and other related crises.

The resolution also said recovering from the COVID-19 provides an opportunity to “build back better” in the region, “including by building more equal, inclusive and sustainable institutions, economies and societies that respect human rights and are more resilient in the face of any future pandemic, and other related crises faced by the region, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”