UN Security Council expected to pass first coronavirus resolution on Wednesday

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Europa Newswire/Gado/Getty Images

According to the draft resolution seen by CNN, the UN Security Council is expected to conduct a virtual vote on Wednesday to pass a resolution calling on countries to stop hostilities and focus on the Covid-19 virus.

Nearly four months after the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11, this was the first action taken by the UN agency responsible for protecting international peace and security. The Security Council was widely condemned for failing to reach a consensus on any action, because more than 10 million people were infected with the virus, and various wars continued for months.

A fierce dispute between China and the United States interrupted the agreement for several months. The United States does not want to mention the WHO. When the United States insisted on blaming Beijing on the virus in the first few months of the negotiations, China was greatly annoyed.

WHO was not mentioned in the final draft resolution. The resolution does require “all and immediate cessation of hostilities under all circumstances on its agenda and support the efforts of the Secretary-General.”

It said that a ceasefire of at least 90 days would help “ensure safety, unhindered and continuous humanitarian assistance” during a coronavirus outbreak. The fight against ISIS and terrorism in Iraq is exempt.

Although more than 100 countries agreed to this goal, the United Nations has acknowledged that the impact of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ call for a ceasefire has not had a major impact.

The voting took place for a two-day vote, which was actually due to the closure of the Council Chamber that broke out a few months ago.

The results will be read after 11:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday.

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