RESOLUTION PC110

FORUM: POLITICAL COMMITTEE

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

SUBMITTED BY: Arab League

CO-SUBMITTERS:Amnesty International, Turkey, Palestinian Authority, Norway, Eritrea, Russian Federation, Netherlands, Viet nam, Spain, Botswana, Tajikistan, Montenegro.

STATUSPassed

THE POLITICAL COMMITTEE,

Recognizing COVID-19 as one of the greatest global pandemics facing in human history,

Emphasizing the necessity for solidarity, multilateral cooperation, and a coordinated effort among the international community to address the pandemic which has shown to exacerbate intra- and intercountry inequalities,

Reaffirming its commitment to the maintenance of international peace and security as well as the right of all peoples to self-determination presented both in the opening chapter of the UN Charter and principal purposes of the United Nations,

Further recognizing that the poor and the most vulnerable people are the most affected and will receive the gravest repercussions from indirect and direct consequences of COVID-19 hampering the further steady growth and development of developing countries which was present before the pandemic,

Guided by the United Nation’s commitment in “leaving no one behind” as well as preventing human suffering and ensuring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),

Affirming the necessity for the prioritization of indirect and direct consequences of the pandemic to be addressed for the most efficient, humanitarian and least costly solutions,

Taking into account the increasing global food and hunger situation arising in countries and states in need,

Bearing in mind the concerns and warnings by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on the water cuts in the war-torn countries,

Realizing the fact that countries and states are unable to effectively address COVID-19 consequences while overwhelmed by cross-territorial disputes, instability, and/or violence without proper actions to address them,

Fully aware of the fact that unemployment rates are rising in many member states due to the Covid-19 pandemic,

Alarmed by the data of worldwide total COVID-19 cases of 96.2 million and worldwide deaths of 2.06 million being recorded at January the 25th 2021,

Referring to A/74/L.57 passed by the General Assembly which aims for a united response against global health threats including combating COVID-19,

Noting with regret that there have been more than 2.06 million deaths so far and that there are still 96.2 million cases in the world today,

Recalling resolution 2532 of 1 July 2020, which calls for a global ceasefire to be initiated in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and resolution 74/720 of 3 April 2020 which urges member states to be united and unified in the face of the disease, as well as the Index on States’ Commitment to Reducing Inequalities (CRI) which has policies to reduce the gap within the economy,

Taking into consideration the lack of sanitation, medical equipment, and basic necessities in Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDC’s),

Deeply alarmed by the severe impact of the COVID-19 crisis on global travel, trade, and industries such as the aviation and hospitality industries leading to a stock market crash and instability,

  1. Requests the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and other relevant agencies of the United Nations system to identify and recommend options to address the looming global food and hunger crisis that has placed an additional 130 million people in the world into chronic hunger, according to the FAO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme by February 28th;
  2. Further requests the Secretary-General, in close collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other relevant agencies of the United Nations system to identify and recommend options to, as well as current programs in place, to address the possibility and likelihood of further and new water cuts in regions of instability by February 28th;
  3. Reaffirms the necessities for the international community to require any and all information regarding vaccination and vaccines as well as all medical equipment to the World Health Organization (WHO) for a more efficient and effective distribution of vaccines;
  4. Encourages nations to oblige COVAX, an international organization whose parent sponsor is the WHO, to reach goals such as:
    1. the distribution of equitable amounts of COVID-19 vaccines across the world and easy access to COVID-19 diagnostics and research
    2. a guaranteed health and rehab plan for LEDC’s, facilitating its populations with the necessary amount of vaccines and supplies, funded by the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), which will support access to COVID-19 vaccines for lower-income economies;
  5. Calls upon the creation of an agency under WHO focused on future disease outbreaks funded by capable member states in addition to the possible help of the World Bank that seeks to provide and develop research regarding vaccinations, antibodies, and human immune systems in order to:
    1. allow such programs which would be collaborative with member states willing to fund this international project
    2. encourage the global community to establish a macro-regional strategy through a cohesive dialogue to achieve frameworks to implement an efficient strategy that would be put in action in all regions, and to construct more straight forward solutions for countries that are experiencing more turmoil, instability, and lack of resources such as but not limited to:
      1. establishing an international health watchdog backed by the government to find the source of disease outbreaks in rural countries or areas
      2. structuring transparent dialogue to facilitate fluid communication between countries and updates;
  6. Further encourages the international community through the UN organs of Security Council or General Assembly to implement and pass a legally binding resolution that will increase medical cooperation between nations by:
    1. easing international COVID-19 in association and collaboration with the WHO on restrictions of imported/exported goods and deciding international air travel requirements that include:
      1. testing
      2. public and cargo flight rules and regulations
      3. travel bubbles between countries
      4. customs laws and requirements
    2. establishing programs on low-interest loans to international companies that are near bankruptcy reducing tariffs and lifting export bans on medical supplies in order to encourage outreach and assistance within nations;
  7. Invites all member states to create communication lines between each other, to not only inform on developments of the situation but also consult when making major decisions and creating alliances to eradicate COVID-19, by means such as but not limited to:
    1. having online bimonthly conferences in which political leaders meet to discuss progress new ideas and inform on what methods have worked and which have not:
      1. providing opportunities to meet at varying times each time in order to be more comfortable to access due to the different time zones 
      2. urging for personal statements and reports on individual goals and achievements by all member states by requiring them to submit these on a weekly basis regarding the issue and any progress made
    2. having all conferences split into smaller ones so that all ideas are heard and documented in order to allow the greatest variety of effective solutions 
    3. establishing long-term programs in member states which will be battling the problem for a longer time in order to find a constant and reliable approach that can also be used in the case of any further pandemics;
  8. Reminds the international community and other contributors of the urgency of fulfilling the funding requested by the United Nations and its organs to address COVID-19 humanitarian and developmental concerns through their main three plans:
    1. the Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to address immediate health needs and priorities for the global health
    2. the Global Humanitarian Response Plan to ease the impacts in the 50 most vulnerable member states
    3. the United Nations framework for the immediate socio-economic response to deliver rapid social and economic recovery in middle and lower-income countries.