Nasser Bourita, the Moroccan Minister for Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Abroad, on Friday called on the international community to show solidarity in supporting national recovery strategies, especially in African countries, due to an extraordinary UN General Assembly session dedicated to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“LThe need to save lives remains, but it is now combined with the necessary economic recovery, ”said Nasser Bourita in a pre-recorded video message sent to the UN General Assembly Hall. New York.
“More than ever, the international community is called upon to express solidarity in supporting national recovery strategies, especially in African countries,” the minister stressed, noting that the challenge of the recovery we face is unprecedented.
According to Nasser Bourita, it is no longer a question of applying “old recipes” but of developing innovative approaches based on lessons learned from the pandemic. “Resilience needs to be sustainable,” he said.
“It would be beneficial to rely on a renewed multilateral mandate that coincides with the same era. What we really need is multilateral accountability, which can feed UN action with specific initiatives and results-oriented initiatives, precisely because it is a systemic event,” the minister defended. .
Referring to the situation on the African continent, Bourita lamented that Africa is paying a high price for the pandemic. “However, its recovery is mortgaged with greater difficulty than on other continents.”
“Should we remember the unsustainable levels of foreign debt, whose 100-to-GDP ratio exceeds that of some African countries?”
Adopting the G20’s unified framework for restructuring Africa’s public debt is a step in the right direction, he said, however, adding that a more ambitious and comprehensive approach is needed than ever to avoid it. Not compromising the great effort of African countries.
Regarding Morocco’s efforts in the fight against the pandemic, the minister noted that the Kingdom, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, has acted responsibly and responsibly to control the spread of Covid-19.
“The royal vision was based on foresight, solidarity, prevention, mobilization of all internal resources, search for innovative partnerships and the dominance of the health security of citizens, especially the most vulnerable,” argued Nasser Bourita.
And to recall in this regard, from a civic and participatory perspective and according to the Very High Royal Instructions, a social fund for the management of the Covid-19 pandemic has been created with the aim of mitigating the impact of the pandemic. the weakest strata of society, specifying that the massive rise in national solidarity has enabled it to supply more than $ 3.5 billion.
The Minister also stated that according to the Very High Royal Instructions, Morocco will conduct a general vaccination campaign in the coming weeks with priority given to the most vulnerable.
He recalled that Morocco’s national effort did not remember continuing solidarity with its brother and friendly countries, and stressed that at the height of the pandemic, His Majesty the King insisted on sending medical aid in support of the twenty-sister African country’s national effort against Covid-19.
This extraordinary 31st session of the UN General Assembly, held on a hybrid basis (Thursday and Friday) in person and in person, was held two months after the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
The aim of this high-level meeting is to encourage joint action by the international community to defeat Covid-19.
In fact, 1.5 million deaths, more than 62 million infections in the world, and one of the largest socioeconomic crises in living memory, have been picked up and recovered from the Covid pandemic. 19 days remains the top priority of the international community.