On Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, called on the international community to show solidarity in supporting national recovery strategies, especially the African countries, on the occasion of the UN General Assembly’s extraordinary session Covid-19 pandemic. “The urgency to save lives is still there, but it is now being combined with a necessary economic recovery,” Bourita said in a pre-recorded video message sent to the UN General Assembly Hall in New York. “More than ever, the international community is called upon to show solidarity in supporting national recovery strategies, especially the African countries,” the minister insisted, noting that the recovery challenge we face is unparalleled.
For Nasser Bourita, it is no longer a matter of applying “old recipes” but of developing innovative approaches based on the lessons of the pandemic. “Resilience must be sustainable,” he said. “It would be useful to rely on a renewed multilateral regime that is up to date. What we really need is a multilateralism of responsibility that can fuel UN action through concrete initiatives focused on results, because it really is a system event “, the Minister appealed. Referring to the situation on the African continent, Nasser Bourita lamented that Africa pays a high price for the pandemic.
“But the recovery remains pledged by even greater difficulties than on other continents.” “Should we remember the unsustainable levels of external debt, whose ratio to GDP exceeds 100% in some African countries?” He said. The adoption of a common G20 framework for African government debt restructuring is a step in the right direction, he said, noting, however, that a more ambitious and comprehensive strategy is needed more than ever to avoid not jeopardizing the great efforts of African countries.
With regard to 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 diligently and responsibly to control the spread of Covid-19. “The royal approach was based on expectation, solidarity, prevention, mobilization of all internal resources, the search for innovative partnerships and priority for the health of citizens, especially the most vulnerable,” argued Nasser Bourita. And to remember in this regard, a social fund for the management of the Covid-19 pandemic has been set up in accordance with the very high royal instructions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable social strata, specifying that a massive upsurge of national solidarity has made it possible to give it more than $ 3.5 billion.
The Minister also stated that Morocco, following high-profile instructions, will carry out a generalized vaccination campaign with priority for the most vulnerable. Morocco’s national efforts did not prevent it from remaining in solidarity with fraternal and friendly countries. twenty African sister countries in support of their national efforts against Covid-19.
This 31st extraordinary session of the UN General Assembly, held on Thursday and Friday in a hybrid (virtual and face-to-face) manner, comes two months after the high-level meeting of the 75th session of the General Assembly, which was also dominated. of the health crisis facing the world and its socio-economic repercussions on all Member States. The aim of this high-level meeting is to galvanize coordinated action by the international community to defeat Covid-19. In fact, with 1.5 million deaths, more than 62 million infections worldwide and one of the largest socioeconomic crises in living memory, containing and recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, it remains today. he has the highest priority for the international community.