May. 20, 2020

Note verbal of the European Union WHA73 Covid19 resolution

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

Permanent Delegation to the United Nations Office

and other international organisations in Geneva

 

 

 

NOTE VERBALE

The Permanent Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva presents its compliments to the World Health Organisation and to the Permanent Missions in Geneva, and, in the name of EU and its Member States, has the honour to inform of the following:

We understand that the 73rd World Health Assembly may meet in a virtual session in May with a single substantive point on the agenda – COVID-19. We are living in extraordinary times and we see this Assembly as an extraordinary opportunity for Health Ministers of all WHO Member States to demonstrate their solidarity and their common resolve to overcome the challenges we all face in responding to this pandemic.

This virus knows no borders and neither should our collective response. It is only by working together on the response, in cooperation with all partners and in support and under the leadership of WHO that we will prevail. 

To that end, and without prejudice to any Decision of the WHO Executive Board on then organisation of a World Health Assembly in May, the Delegation of the European Union is pleased to send herewith an initial draft for a Resolution by the 73rd WHA. We do this because time is of the essence and we wanted to share our thoughts with all of you as soon as possible. Our intention is to organise an inclusive process to permit informal consultations to take place on this text and we are currently working with the Secretariat on the best way to organise these. We have also created a functional mailbox at the Delegation DELEGATION-GENEVA-COVID-CONSULT@eeas.europa.eu to receive any comments or suggestions on the draft text.

The draft resolution addresses a range of actions for Member States, partners, non-state actors and the WHO-Secretariat in the overall COVID-19 response. It also provides an opportunity for all of us to salute the efforts, above and beyond the call of duty, of health professionals and frontline workers everywhere, as well as to the WHO staff, for their dedication and competent work on behalf of all of us.

The EU and its Member States would be honoured to count on your country's support and co-sponsorship.

The Permanent Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva would like to take this opportunity to renew the expression of its highest consideration to the Secretariat of the World Health Organisation and to the Permanent Missions in Geneva.

 

Permanent Delegation of the European Union

to the United Nations

and other International Organisations

in Geneva

                                                                                               

Geneva, 15 April 2020