President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his remarks during the 31st Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic via virtual convention from the UN Headquarters in New York on December 3, 2020 (New York date).
The President reaffirms the Philippines’ strong commitment and cooperation with other countries in enhancing capacities to combat the effects of the pandemic, which includes strengthening of the healthcare system and universal access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and technologies.
In its official website, the United Nations cites that the two-day Special Session “provides an opportunity for the international community to assess and hone its collective response to this pandemic,” whereby world leaders, United Nations principals and other relevant stakeholders can “engage in dialogue on the impacts of the pandemic on people, societies and economies and discuss the multifaceted, coordinated response required to address this crisis.”
Likewise, the Special Session allows “many stakeholders to share their experiences in fighting the pandemic, reflect on the global response to date, and forge a united, coordinated and people-centered path forward.”
The first day of the Special Session on December 3, 2020 consists of an opening segment followed by a General Debate focusing on the experiences of the Member States.
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