HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 14 (ACN) The United Nations advocated the need to fulfill the commitment to build stronger and more resilient societies by warning of the global recovery from the social and economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is our duty to work hard and invest in addressing climate change and protecting nature and the ecosystems that support us, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a message for the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer next September 16.
He considered as good examples the treaties on the matter and considered that "there are few limits to what we can achieve in a common cause when political will prevails".
Guterres encouraged that "this joint work to preserve the ozone layer should serve as an incentive to show the same determination to heal the planet and build a more promising and equitable future for all humanity.
The UN general assembly overwhelmingly approved on Friday the resolution entitled Comprehensive and coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which states that the coronavirus has become "one of the greatest challenges in the history" of the organization.
A total of 169 countries voted in favor of the resolution and only the United States and Israel voted against it, because they did not accept a Cuban amendment that firmly urges countries to oppose unilateral economic, financial or trade sanctions, in a clear allusion to the obsessive blockade it has maintained against the country for nearly 60 years.
In the document, the General Assembly expressed its "deep concern" over the devastating impact of the pandemic, which has caused major disruption to society, travel, agriculture and industry, as well as employment, trade and the economy.