RESOLUTION PC - 131

FORUM: POLITICAL COMMITTEE

QUESTION OF: Measures to develop a broader cooperation among states following the COVID-19 crisis

SUBMITTED BY: China

CO-SUBMITTERS:Cameroon, Canada, Ecuador, European Union, Paraguay, Cuba, Philippines, Ukraine, Namibia, Greece.

STATUSApproved

FORUM: Political Committee 

QUESTION OF: Measures to develop a broader cooperation among states following the COVID-19 crisis

SUBMITTED BY: China

 

THE POLITICAL COMMITTEE,

 

Noting that COVID-19 is a disease which is caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), 

 

Noting with deep concern that the pandemic is far from being over and measures should be taken and collaboration should be paid attention in order to deal with the pandemic and speed up work on permanent solutions such as vaccines, 

 

Convinced that all of the Member States will work in collaboration in order to have a faster and safer solution for the disease, 

 

Acknowledging with approval that countries such as Singapore, Iceland and New Zealand all did an applaudable job as they dealt with the pandemic in a very efficient and brilliant manner and can be taken as role models and affect the approach of Member States to the issue positively, 

 

Keeping in mind that the essential support should be given to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as but not limited to Health Communications Resources, Action Against Hunger, The HALO Trust, Doctors Without Borders and CARE which are all showing applaudable efforts to help the people who were economically, physically, mentally and by any other means affected by the COVID-19 and the pandemic, 

 

Taking into account that the financial aspect of the virus and the pandemic is an issue must be discussed and collaboratively taken measures by the Member States in order to prevent further non-health related damage to be caused, 

 

  1. Calls for the creation of a new, specified, active UN sub-body to be called “ The United Nations Committee On The Combating of Medical Misinformation ” (UNCCMM) to work in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the General Assembly Committee On Information, to monitor and control the distribution of misinformation regarding the Covid-19 crisis and other medical issues, with the aims of:
    1.  educating the public on fact checking informatio
    2. carrying out investigations into widely used websites publishing false information
    3. creating a UN affiliated program for detecting false information in the forms of misinformation and disinformation in attempt to limit misleading information from being publicized 
    4. overseeing and implementing all of the following clauses;
  2. Endorses the launch of a global mass media awareness campaign overseen by UNCCMM in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to be displayed publicly in the interest of raising awareness through all available and regionally specific mediums including but not limited to;
    1. social media
    2. digital and video billboards and environmentally friendly print media
    3. remote seminars and television/radio interviews;
  3. Encourages all Member States to work jointly with the United Nations Department of Global Communications in order to establish a National Covid-19 Information Tracking Commission which will serve the purpose of hindering the spread of false information in their country by:
    1. functioning as a body to which people can report to and notify if they are to come across any conspiracy theories or suspicious information through notification ways such as but not limited to:
      1. through email
      2. through the commissions website
    2. evaluating the accountability of the information reported to the commission by the public to identify any aspects which could be considered false or misleading and categorizing them based on reliability;
  4.  Requests all Member States establish a penalty plan regarding individuals, organizations or news agencies who are identified to be publishing false information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic which could include possible penalties such as but not limited to:
    1. a temporary broadcasting ban to news organs who are found to have published false information regarding the pandemic that will last for a period of time which will be decided on by the relevant authorities of that Member State
    2. fines which will be imposed by an amount decided on by the relevant authorities of that Member State; 
  5. Suggests the creation of a fund called the Covid-19 Misinformation Tackling Fund (CMTF) which will be compulsory to contribute by all Member States with the amount of the contribution depending on different factors such as the global economic share and the population of the state that will be led by the UN budgetary to avoid any controversy regarding the leading organization and to get their help on determining the contribution amounts knowing that the UN budgetary already has determined contribution amounts with the intention of providing the funding of every action that will be taken tackling the misinformation that has spread around the world and now damaging our citizens’ solidarity;
  6. Encourages the World Health Organization (WHO) to publish all of the information, data, and statistics that they have gained after the inspection visit that they have conducted to the province of Wuhan in which they did research on the origins of the Covid-19, in order to falsify conspiracy theories and allegations that suggest that the Covid-19 was human-made with the utilization of the actual scientific data that had been obtained by the WHO in their investigation in Wuhan;
  7. Further suggests the creation of a Covid-19 Environmental Research team which will cooperate with the relevant NGOs in order do research on the effects that COVID-19 has had on the environment and wildlife in order to:
    1. identify accountable data that will provide a reliable source of information in order to falsify the unaccountable  information being spread regarding the effects that Covid-19 has had on the environment
    2. gathering statistical data which will be used as a way of 
    3. identifying false statistic shared online regarding this topic;
  8. Advises Member States to incorporate health literacy and digital literacy, namely about COVID-19, into their school curricula