Multilateralism remains the “only way” to tackle common challenges: Shahid |
COVID-19 remains a major challenge that “will not be over until we reach universal immunization,” he said, announcing a plan to convene a high-level meeting in January to take stock of the global immunization effort.
Noting that “humanity has seen enormous ingenuity and solidarity with vaccines in record time”, the President of the Assembly said he was convinced that “we have the capacity to vaccinate the whole world”.
“What we need to do now is act collectively to ensure that everyone who needs it gets the vaccine.», He maintained. “We cannot just accept that less than three percent of people in Africa have received an injection,” while other regions are already administering boosters.
“For men, for the planet”
To tackle the other global threat of climate change, the President of the Assembly will convene, in hybrid format, on October 26, an event entitled “Delivering Climate Action – for People, for Planet and for Prosperity”.
“This event will focus on the gap between current technical and financial capacities required to achieve the 1.5 degree target…[and] to show how this gap can be bridged ”.
Mr Shahid said it would be an opportunity for member states, civil society and others to come together to “take stock of initiatives to increase ambition on the way to COP26”, which will be held in early November in Glasgow, Scotland.
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The President of the Assembly announced that he would continue to hold informal consultations with Permanent Representatives, under the name of “Holhuashi Dialogues”, explaining that in his native Maldives, a Holhuashi is a meeting place to discuss ideas. and issues of importance to the community.
He said five such sessions would take place, “to bring the spirit of Holhuashi” to the Assembly, and “create a space for dialogue, exchange of views and discussion of solutions.”
The first will focus on people and climate change: “This is linked to a series of events that we are planning in October around the theme of climate change, in view of the COP26”, Mr Shahid told the correspondents.
Reverse the trend of gender balance
As the impacts of the pandemic continue, Mr Shahid noted that it is becoming increasingly clear that to better rebuild, “a stronger gender perspective on response and recovery is vital”.
In that capacity, he announced that he would reconstitute the General Assembly President’s Advisory Council on Gender Equality.
“If we do not take the necessary steps to reverse this trend, it will take more than 135.6 years, according to recent studies, to close the gender gap,” the UN official said. “You have to be faster than that”.
Mr. Shahid explained that the Council will bring together a “wide mix of expertise” from Member States, the UN system, the private sector and others, to ensure a “truly inclusive perspective for a multifaceted approach. To advance gender equality throughout the work of the 76th session.
“This council will serve as a mechanism to help mainstream a gender perspective into all of my initiatives and mandates for this session,” he said.
Mr Shahid said he would immediately travel to the United Arab Emirates to visit the Dubai EXPO 2020, followed by an official visit to the Maldives and then to Serbia, for the Conference on the 60th anniversary of the first Conference of the Movement of the non-aligned.
Previously, President Shahid spoke to UN News in an exclusive interview.