– The G20 wants more multilateralism in a post-Covid world
A G20 meeting takes place in Matera, southern Italy, on Tuesday.
Multilateralism will be “crucial” to face the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken ruled on Tuesday. He was speaking at a G20 meeting in Matera, southern Italy.
“Multilateral cooperation will be crucial for our collective ability to end this global health crisis,” said Antony Blinken at the opening of this meeting, expressing a radical change of position vis-à-vis the Trump administration.
“This is also true for the work we need to do to strengthen global health security so that we can better detect, prevent and respond to future health crises,” he said.
“To end the pandemic, we need to get more vaccines. The multilateral Covax initiative ensures that vaccines are distributed fairly and reach the countries that need them most ”.
Invited to the meeting, the head of diplomacy of the Democratic Republic of Congo Christophe Lutundula also called for “urgent actions” to “reverse the current trend” in Africa, in particular by developing “the local production capacity of vaccines. “And by increasing” the testing capacity in countries that do not have the required products or laboratories “.
It is only in this way that we will be able to “help African countries to face the shock of the (pandemic) Covid and to revive their economies for the good of the international community”, he concluded.
For “effective multilateralism”
Italian Minister Luigi Di Maio, whose country is currently chairing the G20, also spoke in favor of “effective multilateralism under the auspices of the United Nations”, recalling that “Italy was among the first countries to call for an international alliance for the health response to the pandemic ”.
“The Italian presidency of the G20 (…) has set itself the objective, through multilateralism, of combating the health, social and economic impact of the pandemic to promote a sustainable, inclusive and resilient recovery”, he summarized .
Representatives of the G20 countries, the UN and the EU are all physically present at this meeting, with the exception of the Chinese, Brazilian and Australian ministers. Russia and South Korea are represented by their deputy foreign ministers.
Food security will also be part of a joint session between Foreign Affairs and Development ministers, organized for the first time within the framework of a G20 ministerial conference with the aim of relaunching the objective of eradicating hunger in the world by 2030.
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