RESOLUTION ON COVID-19 BY UNGA
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United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution on COVID-19.
- On silence procedure: As the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has not holding meetings due to the pandemic, unanimously adopted a resolution on COVID-19 under a silence procedure, calling for intensified international cooperation to defeat the pandemic.
- Way it passed: When the bill was under silence procedure, if there were no objections to the resolution within the specified time period from member states, the resolution will be passed and circulated.
- Resolution: The UNGA adopted a resolution called “Global solidarity to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)” – the first such document on the global pandemic to be adopted by the world organisation.
- Sponsored by: The resolution was sponsored by Ghana, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland.
- Co-Sponsored by: The adopted resolution was co-sponsored by 187 nations including India.
- The resolution called for “intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and defeat the pandemic, including by exchanging information, scientific knowledge and best practices and by applying the relevant guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization.”
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About United Nations General Assembly (UNGA):
- Formed year: It is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN) was established in 1945.
- Among the six organs, this is the only organ where all the member nations have equal representation.
- HQ: New York, USA – annual meeting will be held every year here under the its president or secretary-general.
- Functions: Its powers are to oversee the budget of the UN, appoint the non-permanent members to the Security Council, appoint the Secretary-General of the United Nations, receive reports from other parts of the UN, and make recommendations in the form of General Assembly Resolutions.
- Voting: Each sovereign state gets one vote and the votes are not binding on the membership, except in budgetary matters. The UN General Assembly has no binding votes or veto powers like the UN Security Council.
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