UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The brand new president of the U.N. Basic Meeting warned Tuesday that unilateralism will solely strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic and known as for a brand new dedication to world cooperation, together with on the truthful and equitable distribution of vaccines.

Turkish diplomat and politician Volkan Bozkir introduced that the Basic Meeting will maintain a high-level particular session on the COVID-19 pandemic in early November, although diplomats stated the date might slip. He instructed a press convention later it could have been higher to carry the assembly at an earlier time within the pandemic, suggesting June.

Bozkir took over the reins of the 193-member world physique after taking the oath of workplace and being handed the massive gavel signifying the workplace from outgoing Basic Meeting President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, who presided over a novel year-old session that he stated was “outlined by a pandemic.” It included digital conferences and new voting procedures.

Bozkir instructed diplomats from U.N. member nations, seated at socially distanced areas within the meeting chamber, that “confronting the results of the coronavirus in all their dimensions shall be an overarching precedence for my presidency.”

He stated “no state can fight this pandemic alone” and it’s the members’ accountability “to strengthen folks’s religion in multilateral cooperation and worldwide establishments, with the U.N. at their middle.”

“Because the begin of the disaster, the critics of multilateralism have been extra vocal,” Bozkir stated. “The pandemic has been used to justify unilateral steps and weaken the rules-based worldwide system. Worldwide organizations have been reproached and the necessity for worldwide cooperation has been questioned.”

The meeting president stated the criticisms aren’t baseless, “however their conclusions are misguided,” once more warning towards unilateralism.

Bozkir stated “a frank, clear and results-oriented dialogue” must proceed about what went improper in efforts to comprise the virus, what have to be carried out to keep away from an identical state of affairs sooner or later, and on the truthful distribution of vaccines which he stated “is not only a query of well being and economics, however of ethics in probably the most profound means.”

U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres known as the yr forward “a important one” for the United Nations, saying: “We should proceed to reply to the quick affect of the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening well being methods and supporting the event and equitable distribution of remedies and vaccines.”

In a farewell speech, Muhammad-Bande, stated the emergence of the novel coronavirus confirmed the necessity to deepen multilateral cooperation within the well being sector in addition to different areas and to implement the dedication of world leaders “to scaling up nationwide and world efforts to construct a more healthy world for all.”

Subsequent week Bozkir will preside on the annual gathering of world leaders on the Basic Meeting which shall be primarily digital, with leaders delivering prerecorded speeches to a digital viewers and one diplomat from every member state within the meeting chamber.