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Despite pandemic threats, UN should intensify its role in global governance

Despite Pandemic Threats, UN Should Step Up The Role in Global Governance

GENEVA – Almost seven and a half decades since the end of World War II (1939-1945), the United Nations remains committed to building a peaceful and cooperative international community, even as the public health emergency and political conflicts pose pressing challenges.
To better illustrate the irreplaceable role of the UN in world affairs, Chen Junxia, a seasoned media outlet familiar with UN affairs, shared this perspective drawn from his first-hand experiences in Geneva.
“Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has changed the world in all its aspects and spawned an anti-globalization mentality, the UN remains the most trusted organization to protect the fundamental interests of the people by preventing the world from getting out of it effectively,” Chen said.
On August 24, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced at a press conference that 172 countries and regions were collaborating under the leadership of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) , Gavi – a Global Vaccine Alliance and WHO to accelerate the search for an effective vaccine to contain the global spread of the virulent pathogen.
“Led by WHO, the UN’s public health division, the world can better understand what to do together rather than dealing with the pandemic separately,” Chen said.
He was thinking beyond the interests of a single country, which alone is able to take comprehensive action to address the challenges facing the entire world during the pandemic. This will, on the one hand, prevent the spread of the disease; on the other hand, to ensure that the world can return to a usual standard of living, he explained.
Recently, Ren Minghui, the Deputy Director-General for Communicable Diseases at WHO, called for a rapid recovery in world trade, fearing that without sufficient shipments amid the pandemic, famine could soon sweep the African continent, where people rarely store food.
Other UN divisions, such as the Refugee Agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), also provided timely feedback. Humanitarian, medical and educational aid to the regions hardest hit since the outbreaks of the pandemic.
“WHO has made painstaking efforts in every aspect possible to prevent the social disruption caused by the pandemic from prevailing,” Chen said, noting that the 24-hour online style of working has enabled the organization to react quickly as usual.
However, whatever efforts the UN makes to contain new infections, its implementation is often called into question by hegemonic interventions which can, in turn, affect the authority and effectiveness of the organization Chen added.
On June 6, the United States notified the UN that it had decided to withdraw from the WHO so that its duties and rights to that organization would expire a year later.
Days before the announcement, the WHO refused to hold China responsible for the pandemic. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Ghebreyesus reiterated that the epidemic should not be politicized to worsen an already uncertain situation.
Witnessing the UN’s effort to maintain world peace and stability in this particularly turbulent year, Chen said that despite his limited power for specific reasons, the organization’s all-out efforts deserved respect.
“Had it not been for its incomplete functions, the UN should have been an administration responsible for full global governance and have been more effective while combating the pandemic,” Chen continued.
“However, regardless of his disability, there remains a place where reasons from different voices can be offered and discussed.”
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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