Mexico reiterates support for global ceasefire against covid-19

Mexico reiterated its support for resolution 2532 before the Security Council of the United Nations Organization (UN) on a general and immediate cessation of hostilities around the world in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.

During his speech at the Security Council debate this Monday, Ambassador Juan Ramón de la Fuente, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations, He reiterated Mexico’s support for said resolution and joined the organization’s calls to redouble efforts and continue strengthening global actions in favor of post-pandemic recovery.

The leadership and collective commitment of the Security Council are necessary to face the risks that health crises of global importance such as the current one may pose to international security, the diplomat stressed.

Resolution 2532 was approved in July and considers that the « unprecedented scope of the covid-19 pandemic is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security. »

So, among other things, also calls on all parties to armed conflicts to immediately carry out a lasting humanitarian pause of at least 90 consecutive days, in order to enable the sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance in conditions of safety and without hindrance, the provision of related services by impartial humanitarian actors.

It clarifies, however, that the general and immediate cessation of hostilities and the humanitarian pause will not apply to military operations directed against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Daesh), Al-Qaida and the Front. Al-Nusra (FAN), all other individuals, groups, companies and entities associated with Al-Qaida or ISIL, and other terrorist groups designated by the Security Council.

This Monday, Mexico insisted that the effects of the pandemic escalate the existing challenges in terms not only of insecurity, but also of violence, inequality, poverty, unemployment, health services (including mental health), and human rights, among others.. « For this reason, in a multidimensional crisis like the current one, the priority for the UN must contemplate universal access to vaccines, » reiterated De la Fuente.

During the debate, the representatives of China, Russia, India and the United Kingdom said they were committed to the equitable distribution of their respective vaccines. In that context, Mexico celebrated the recent decision of the United States to join the COVAX mechanism, to obtain vaccines against the coronavirus.