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United Nations 18 Apr 2020

Amina Mohamed (UN Deputy Secretary-General) on the 'One World: Together At Home'


Remarks by Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, on the 'One World: Together At Home', the global broadcast & digital special to support frontline healthcare workers and the WHO.

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) on the beginning of Ramadan 2020.
I extend my warmest wishes as millions of Muslims around the world begin observing the holy month of Ramadan.
This will, of course, be a very different Ramadan. Many community activities will naturally be affected by measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, many people in conflict zones will once again be tragically marking this month with war and insecurity all around.
I recently called for an immediate global ceasefire to focus on our common enemy — the virus. I repeat that appeal today, recalling the words of the Holy Quran "and if they incline to peace, then incline to it".
Ramadan is also about supporting the most vulnerable. I thank governments and people throughout the Muslim world who live by their faith, supporting those fleeing conflict in the best Islamic tradition of hospitality and generosity — a remarkable lesson in this world where so many doors have been closed to those in need of protection, even before COVID-19.
Once again, my best wishes to all for mercy, solidarity and compassion in these trying times.
Ramadan Kareem.
Remarks by Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, on 'Joining Forces: Effective Policy Solutions for Covid-19 Response' - ECOSOC Informal Briefing.

Speaking at the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) informal briefing entitled "Joining Forces: Effective Policy Solutions for Covid-19 Response," the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, said that, now more than ever, people and countries everywhere rely on the United Nations (UN) to rise to the challenges of this global pandemic.

"Across our set of responses, we have a clear compass," said the Deputy Secretary-General. "We remain guided by the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development. The Sustainable Development Goals remain central to guiding countries on a sustainable track."

She added that since the start of this crisis, the UN has mobilized to full capacity through its 131 country teams, to immediately support national authorities in developing public health preparedness, as well as response plans.

The Deputy Secretary-General noted that, going forward, we will need to keep in mind dual imperatives: to respond urgently to stem the impact of the pandemic, while also helping Governments and people respond in a way that recovers better, more resilient, future.

"We are all in it together," said Mohammed. "But our immediate priority is to address the needs of the most vulnerable countries and communities who risk being left behind. Allocation of our resources will pay close attention to the needs of conflict- and disaster-affected countries, Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States."
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António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) on the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace (24 April 2020)

The COVID19 pandemic is a tragic reminder of how deeply connected we are. The virus knows no borders and is a quintessential global challenge. Combatting it requires us to work together as one human family.
We must do all we can to save lives and ease the economic and social devastation. Crucially, we need to draw the appropriate lessons about the vulnerabilities and inequalities the virus has laid bare, and mobilize investments in education, health systems, social protection and resilience.
This is the biggest international challenge since the Second World War. Yet even before this test, the world was facing other profound transnational perils - climate change above all.
But multilateralism is not only a matter of confronting shared threats; it is about seizing common opportunities. We now have the opportunity to build back better than in the past, aiming at inclusive and sustainable economies and societies.
It is not enough to proclaim the virtues of multilateralism; we must continue to show its added value. International cooperation must adapt to changing times.
We need a networked multilateralism, strengthening coordination among all global multilateral organizations, with regional ones able to make their vital contributions; and an inclusive multilateralism, based on deep interaction with civil society, businesses, local and regional authorities and other stakeholders… where the voice of youth is decisive in shaping our future.
At this key moment for international cooperation, and in this 75th anniversary year of the United Nations, let us strive as one to realize the founders' vision of a healthy, equitable, peaceful and more sustainable future for all.

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