The Council cannot yet decide whether it should take any action in response to the pandemic.
The UN Security Council held its first meeting on the coronavirus situation. Members of the Security Council cannot yet agree on whether the body responsible for international peace and security should take any measures in response to the pandemic.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told members of the Security Council about the disease, which has already infected about 1.5 million people in 200 countries and territories around the world. About 90,000 people died
“The pandemic also poses a serious threat to the maintenance of international peace and security and could lead to increased social tension and violence, which would significantly undermine our ability to fight the disease,” Guterres said.
“The participation of the Security Council will play an important role in minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on peace and security. A show of unity and determination on the part of the Security Council would mean a lot in this troubled time,” he added.
Many diplomats blame the US and China for the Security Council’s inaction.
The meeting was held on Thursday at the initiative of nine non-permanent members. After the meeting, a short statement agreed by participants was issued in support of Guterres’ efforts to combat “the potential consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in countries in conflict.”
The Council could adopt a resolution in support of Guterres’ call for an end to fighting around the world, as well as advocate for increased access to humanitarian assistance and call for a coordinated international approach in the fight against the pandemic.