COVID-19: UNSC adopts four resolution remotely, first time ever

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NEW YORK, MARCH 30 – The UN Security Council for the first time approved today four resolutions remotely after painstaking negotiations among diplomats who are teleworking due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Security Council unanimously voted for the resolutions, including one that extended through April 2021 the expiring mandate of UN experts who are monitoring sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said.

The UN mission in Somalia was also prolonged, until the end of June, and the mission in Darfur until the end of May – two short periods decided due to uncertainty over the spread of the pandemic.

The Council also endorsed a fourth resolution aimed at improving the protection for peacekeepers.

The resolutions are the first approved by the Security Council since it began teleworking on Mar 12 and comes as COVID-19 rapidly spreads in New York, which has become the epicenter of the disease in the United States. (@OnuItalia)