Covid-19: UNGA president to hold virtual briefing for member states


The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a “virtual” briefing for member states to discuss challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, starting at 7.30 pm IST on March 27.

On Tuesday, UNGA president Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said in a letter to all member states that the virtual briefing would be held “due to the unprecedented challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic to the work of the organisation.”

“The briefing will focus on outreach to member states and other stakeholders, including the measures taken to mitigate the impact of this pandemic on the work of the Organisation, as well as the activities of the principal organs of the United Nations during this crisis,” the letter said.

“The Secretary-General will also update member states on efforts across the United Nations system to respond to the crisis in its multiple dimensions and plan for the global recovery.”

COORDINATION MEETINGS

Meanwhile, various wings of the UN have held regular coordination meetings to align their approaches and ensure that the world body’s work and inter-governmental processes are supported.

Expressing solidarity with all nations fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande wrote, “We are confident that we can adapt and continue to do the essential work of our organisation throughout this trying period and beyond.”

“We stand in solidarity with the member states fighting Covid-19 and express our sincerest condolences for their loss.”

SILENCE PROCEDURE FOR DECISIONS

The virtual briefing is expected to be followed by adoption of a proposal for taking decisions of the General Assembly under a “silence” procedure during the pandemic.

Explaining the procedure, Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General, said during his weekly briefing on Tuesday: “In a letter to the member states, the President of the General Assembly presented a proposal for how the General Assembly can take essential decisions related to the organisation while dealing with the pandemic.”

“He submitted a draft decision that would enable the General Assembly to adopt essential decisions under a silence procedure. If a plenary meeting of the General Assembly is not practicable due to the pandemic, the proposal would authorise the President of the GA to circulate, after consultation with the General Committee, draft decisions of the Assembly to all member states under a silence procedure of at least 72 hours.”

“If the silence is not broken, the decision shall be considered adopted. That draft decision is itself under silence procedure, until noon (local time) on Friday,” he said.

This would be the first major step taken by the UN in coming out with a comprehensive plan to battle the pandemic.

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