SCO seeks UN-WHO cooperation against COVID-19
By Staff ReporterFriday – May 15, 2020
According to an official statement, in this context, the ministers noted efficient cooperation between the SCO and the world health organisation (WHO) and other international organisations and associations fighting the coronavirus.
The ministers underscore the importance of the outcome of the emergency group of twenty (G20) summit aimed at protecting lives, restoring the stability of the global economy and stimulating its further sustainable growth.
While relying on the UN general assembly resolutions, adopted by consensus, on global solidarity and international cooperation against COVID-19, it is important to insist on UN-developed universal approaches to solving the above-stated tasks in accordance with international law, including creating free, just, non-discriminatory, transparent and stable conditions for trade and investment.
The serious economic problems in developing countries caused by the pandemic require special attention.
The ministers note the efforts of the session of heads of sanitary and epidemiological welfare services of the SCO member states aimed at implementing the June 10, 2018, statement by the heads of the SCO member states on joint efforts against the threat of epidemics in the SCO space.
They welcome the efficient mutual support which, on the basis of the Shanghai spirit, the SCO member states are offering each other during the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to providing their citizens with medical, social and other protection.
In order to ensure sanitary and epidemiological wellbeing and biological security in the region, the ministers find it reasonable to adopt a comprehensive action plan for the SCO member states at the upcoming SCO summit in St Petersburg which will, among other things, provide for increasing the capacity of laboratories, improving the qualifications of specialists, conducting joint scientific research, and developing vaccines and efficient medical treatments.