Letter to the security Council 18 JUNE 2020

18 June 2020


As a follow up to our letter of April 18, 2020, addressed to His Excellency Mr. José Singer Weisinger, President of the Security Council for the month of April 2020, we would like to reiterate our call for a resolution from the Security Council regarding the impact of COVID19 on peace and security, and the need for a global ceasefire. 

Since that time, we have witnessed efforts from several States to pursue negotiations towards a final agreement among members of the Security Council.  We hope that this can happen under your able leadership. 

Such a resolution would not be without precedent.  The Security Council has had a leading role in addressing global heath crises in the past, with Resolution 1308 addressing HIV/AIDS and peacekeepers, and Resolution 2177 declaring the spread of the Ebola virus a “threat to international peace and security”.

Clearly, the COVID19 pandemic is having wider and deeper impacts. 

Since our initial letter, the pandemic has reached every country on the planet and has caused the death of more than 400.000 people worldwide.  In addition, the subsequent mitigation measures have unleashed a profound global socio-economic crisis that has seen a dramatic increase in poverty and hunger.  The United Nations predicts that a world-wide recession will push 420 million more people into extreme poverty.  This cannot be acceptable.  Nor can it be acceptable that the pandemic is disproportionately impacting countries in conflict and those most vulnerable, including women and girls -who are suffering the unprecedented rise of violence-, marginalized groups such as migrants and internally displaced persons.  The Security Council can and must step up to this challenge.

His Excellency Mr.Nicolas de Rivière President of the Security Council New York

His Excellency Mr. Christoph Heusgen Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations New York

We see with great hope that Germany and France are taking up the Presidency of the Security Council for the months of June and July.  We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate your respective countries on this joint presidency, which not only carries a strong symbolic meaning but also sends a much-needed message of cooperation and unified purpose to advance the work of the Council.

We would also like to commend both Germany and France for leading the Alliance for Multilateralism.  We fully endorse the need for a strong, efficient and accountable multilateral system that upholds international law and fosters cooperation and solidarity.

Excellencies, global leadership and collective action are needed more than ever.   A Security Council resolution on COVID-19 would undoubtedly send a positive message on the irreplaceable role of the United Nations and the relevance of the principles enshrined in its founding Charter. 

The world needs a strong, coordinated and authoritative global response to the current pandemic.  The voice and stand of the Security Council will certainly be a worthy response to this global outcry. 

Please accept, Excellencies, the assurances of our highest consideration.

Members signatories of this letter

  • Amat Alsoswa     
  • Carol Bellamy 
  • Federica Mogherini  
  • Flavia Pansieri
  • Helen Clark
  • Irina Bokova
  • Isabel de Saint Malo
  • Jessie Mabutas
  • Karen AbuZayd
  • Madeleine Albright
  • Margaret Chan
  • Margot Wallstrom
  • Mari Simonen
  • María Elena Agüero
  • María Eugenia Brizuela de Avila
  • María Fernanda Espinosa Garces
  • Mary Robinson
  • Noeleen Heyzer
  • Purnima Mane
  • Radhika Coomaraswamy
  • Rebeca Grynspan
  • Susana Malcorra

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