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Algeria calls for global governance to confront the “Corona” epidemic

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra called on the international community to "lay the foundations of a new multilateral system based on consultative and inclusive global governance" to confront the "Covid-19" epidemic.

This came during a speech delivered by the Algerian minister under the title "Alliance for Multilateralism: Preparing Our Common Agenda", today, Friday, during the ministerial meeting organized on the sidelines of the high-level week of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Lamamra pointed out that "the Covid-19 epidemic has exposed many deficiencies in the international system and the mechanisms for controlling it," adding that, on the other hand, there is an opportunity to collectively think about the way in which the deficiencies can be overcome and the foundations of a new multilateral system based on consultative and inclusive global governance.

Lamamra considered that "the immediate reactions to the virus unfortunately gave preference to selfish national behavior at the expense of global solidarity," adding that "the unfair use of vaccines between developed and developing countries confirmed this unfortunate trend."

In the same context, Lamamra mentioned Algeria's support for the World Health Organization and its pivotal role in managing global efforts to confront the "Covid-19" epidemic through various mechanisms.

He stressed to Lamamra that "obtaining vaccines and reviewing patent systems to allow technology transfer are some of the essential measures to ensure a faster response to Corona, as well as to emerging and future challenges."

On the other hand, the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs noted that there is another existential challenge facing humanity, which "must be addressed urgently", related to the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity.

In this regard, he said that the most recent UN reports, including the reports of the Group of Governmental Experts on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Scientific and Policy Common Ground on biodiversity and ecosystem interests, "sound the alarm regarding the consequences of these phenomena for poverty, hunger, health, water and oceans, and other things."

With regard to the promotion and protection of human rights and gender equality, the Algerian Foreign Minister reiterated Algeria's position on "the universality, interdependence and indivisibility of all human rights, including the right to development."

The Algerian Foreign Minister concluded his speech by saying: "Global challenges need global solutions. All voices must be heard, not just the voices of the strongest, as inclusion and dialogue remain essential to further strengthening pluralism."