Pacific united in virus fight

PACIFIC and Asian governments have agreed to provide unimpeded support and technical assistance to those most affected by the pandemic, particularly in developing countries with weaker health systems and vulnerable populations.
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Staff Reporter

This resolution was endorsed at the 76th Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (CS76) virtual meeting held in Bangkok last week.
"Governments and leaders are grappling with a wide range of challenges that risk recent progress in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. Many countries are charting a solid course toward Covid-19 solutions, but millions in the region remain highly vulnerable and at risk," said UN secretary-general António Guterres when he opened the meeting. 
ESCAP official Armida Alisjahbana highlighted three priority areas - supporting economic recovery, protecting people and enhancing resilience, and restoring supply chains and supporting small and medium enterprises, while urging countries to align policies with environmental protection.
Officials said regional and international cooperation was vital to cope with the mounting pressures caused by Covid-19, particularly technical support and unhindered supplies of medical equipment and essential items.
ESCAP encouraged small island developing states to take full advantage of their blue economy, especially in the fisheries and tourism sectors, to foster their sustainable development.
For the first time in history, the annual UN regional assembly was held on a fully virtual platform. The online session drew active participation from over 264 delegates representing 54 of the commission's 62 member states and associate members along with eight additional observer countries. 



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