PM Borissov to the UN: The coronavirus disrupted people's lives, long-term measures are needed

PM Boyko Borissov

“There is no alternative to the United Nations in developing international law and multilateral cooperation. Moreover, in the current situation of coronavirus pandemic, the world more than ever needs the UN as a moral leader,” stated Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in his speech during the General Debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, which is being held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the press service of the Council of Ministers announced.

This year's debate is under the theme: “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism - confronting Covid-19 through effective multilateral action.”

PM Borissov stressed to the world leaders that being a Member State of the European Union, Bulgaria will fight for a strong United Nations Organisation, considering it as main partner, as well as a solid foundation of the multilateral rules-based order. In this context, the Prime Minister pointed out that this year Bulgaria celebrates its 65-year anniversary since its accession to the United Nations. “As a member of the UN and the EU, our country stands ready to take on its responsibilities. We actively support the leading role of the UN in the multilateral cooperation in tackling the pandemic on a global scale,” the Prime Minister said.

He stressed in his speech that the coronavirus pandemic has taken over the agenda of all world institutions and has turned people's lives upside down. One of the initiatives which Bulgaria has joined as part of the measures for supporting third countries in tackling the infection is the EU's “Team Europe” package. Bulgaria redirected a little over €1m of its funds under this initiative for emergency humanitarian aid, health care and support of socio-economic development in the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership countries, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan, specified Borissov. According to him, it is crucial that the established mechanisms for boosting regional cooperation be used effectively, such as the Berlin Process, co-chaired this year by Bulgaria together with North Macedonia, for offsetting the negative impact of the pandemic in the Western Balkans region.

In his speech during the General Debate, PM Borissov focused also on the UN peacekeeping operations, which are a clear sign of international cooperation and solidarity.

“The global coronavirus pandemic is also a threat to the timely implementation of the 2030 UN Agenda. Bulgaria, together with the other EU Member States, is fully committed to the realisation of the UN's 17 sustainable development goals during the Decade of Action,” Borissov added. According to him, overcoming the current crisis does not mean returning to the previous way of life, and what is necessary is to step on the foundation of a new paradigm through the implementation of long-term economic measures. “Thus, the world will be prepared against future systemic shocks,” Borissov stressed.

On Monday, 28 September, in the framework of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Bulgaria will join the Climate Leadership Commitment initiative, authored by countries from all continents. This commitment aims to demonstrate the political will of the heads of states and governments to conserve biodiversity and to take concrete action for change, aimed at protecting nature, climate and people. The initiative supports the forthcoming Summit on Biodiversity, which will be convened on 30 September 2020, where Bulgaria will take part as well.

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