COVID-19: Italy promotes statement on open markets, supply chain connectivity

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NEW YORK, MAY 26 – Upon suggestion of Italy, Canada, Chile, Egypt Guyana, Malawi, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden and Rwanda, over 175 UN Member stated adopted a joint statement to “promote open markets, flow of essential goods and supply chain connectivity” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic has severely disrupted societies and economies and sharply reduced global trade and travel, causing unprecedented damage to the livelihoods of people around the world, the countries said, stressing that the measures adopted to counter COVID -19, if deemed necessary, must be targeted, proportionate, transparent, and temporary, and that they shouldn’t create unnecessary barriers to trade or disruption to global supply chains, and are consistent with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules”, the UN countries said.

The statement recognizes and reaffirms the need for critical infrastructure such as airports, roads, rail, and seaports to remain open to support the flow of essential goods and calls upon the UN system to target its assistance to helping developing countries secure international access to essential supplies, including through stockpiles held by the World Health Organization, World Food Programme and other UN agencies.

The countries welcome the launch of the UN COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force, including the “Solidarity Flights”, that will continue to distribute medical supplies and PPEs to 95 countries. They recognise the need to urgently mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in humanitarian contexts, and to step up support for the response efforts of the UN and its partners to bring humanitarian relief to those in need. In this regard, they reaffirm the importance of avoiding any disruptions in the movement of humanitarian supplies and workers, in line with the updated UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan.

To read the full text of the statements, click here. (@OnuItalia)

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