China announces concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19 as Xi addresses WHA session

Published in World
Tuesday, 19 May 2020 10:51
BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday announced concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19 including providing international aid and making the country's COVID-19 vaccine a global public good when available.
 
Xi made the announcement as he addressed the opening of the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) via video link.
 
"China will provide 2 billion U.S. dollars over two years to help with COVID-19 response and with economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing countries," Xi said.
 
China will work with the United Nations to set up a global humanitarian response depot and hub in China, ensure the operation of anti-epidemic supply chains and foster "green corridors" for fast-track transportation and customs clearance, he said.
 
Besides, China will establish a cooperation mechanism for its hospitals to pair up with 30 African hospitals and accelerate the building of the Africa CDC headquarters to help the continent ramp up its disease preparedness and control capacity, said Xi.
 
"COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment in China, when available, will be made a global public good," said the president.
 
"This will be China's contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries," he added.
 
Moreover, China will work with other G20 members to implement the Debt Service Suspension Initiative for the poorest countries, Xi said, adding that China is also ready to work with the international community to bolster support for the hardest-hit countries under the greatest strain of debt service so that they could tide over the current difficulties.
 
The WHA is the decision-making body of the WHO. The 73rd session of the WHA, scheduled from Monday to Tuesday, is held via video link due to the impact of the current pandemic.
 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), its agenda was condensed only to essential issues, such as COVID-19 and the executive board members selection.
 
Currently, COVID-19 has hit over 210 countries and regions, affected more than seven billion people around the world and claimed over 300,000 precious lives.
 
"China stands for the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind," said Xi, adding that China takes it as its responsibility to ensure not just the life and health of its own citizens, but also global public health.
 
China has all along acted with openness, transparency and responsibility in the fight against COVID-19, said Xi, adding that the country "has done everything in our power to support and assist countries in need."
 
Noting that "nothing in the world is more precious than people's lives," Xi urged all countries to put the people first and do everything they can for COVID-19 control and treatment.
 
He expressed China's staunch support to the WHO, calling on the international community to increase political and financial support for WHO so as to mobilize resources worldwide to defeat the virus.
 
"At this crucial juncture, to support WHO is to support international cooperation and the battle for saving lives as well," Xi said.
 
Xi called on the world to provide more material, technological and personnel support for African countries, saying that "helping them build capacity must be our top priority in COVID-19 response."
 
Furthermore, Xi said the international community must strengthen global governance in the area of public health.
 
"China supports the idea of a comprehensive review of the global response to COVID-19 after it is brought under control to sum up experience and address deficiencies," said Xi.
 
"This work should be based on science and professionalism, led by WHO and conducted in an objective and impartial manner," he added.
 
He also proposed to restore economic and social development and strengthen international cooperation.
 
Noting that the mankind is facing the most serious global public health emergency since the end of World War II, Xi said "solidarity and cooperation is a sure way through which we, the people of the world, can defeat this novel coronavirus."
 
He called on the international community to work as one and make concerted efforts to protect the life and health of people in all countries, safeguard planet Earth and build a global community of health for all.
 
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and leaders from other countries addressed the opening via video link, expressing their support to the WHO and multilateralism, as well as enhanced joint efforts in the global fight against COVID-19.

Share the Easter spirit, not the virus!

Published in Society
Saturday, 18 April 2020 16:24

Easter is a very special occasion for Georgia, when many families come together and share a heartwarming celebration. The community spirit at the heart of Easter includes a sense of responsibility to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. 

The UN in Georgia commends the people of Georgia for the responsible way they are complying with the protective measures recommended by the Government, guided by the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO). This approach has already reduced the number of cases of infection and saved lives.  We need to continue this trend.

This year we call on every family in Georgia to share the spirit of the celebration, but put the health and the wellbeing of the community first. Please, stay home and avoid gatherings to ensure that you and your loved ones remain healthy in these unheard-of circumstances. 

More than ever, we should make use of modern technology to reconnect with relatives and friends living far and close: physical distancing is not social isolation. Let’s maintain our connections by conducting faith activities in alternative ways.

Adhering to physical distancing rules protect ourselves, our beloved ones and the entire community. It protects in particular the most vulnerable: older people, people living with chronic health conditions and immune suppression.  

Following the Government's recommendations will also protect healthcare workers and public health professionals who have been bravely and tirelessly, day and night, fighting the pandemic since the very first case. We need to stay home to let them stay at work healthy and caring for the sick ones.

The UN in Georgia calls on all living in Georgia to continue play your essential role in fighting COVID-19 thus contributing to the national response by staying at home!

The UN wishes all those in Georgia who celebrate a Happy Easter!

Related information: “Practical considerations and recommendations for religious leaders and faith-based communities in the context of COVID-19,” was published by the World Health Organization to guide religious leaders, faith-based organizations, and faith communities during COVID-19.Link

WHO European High-Level Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases has started in Ashgabat

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 12:44

On the 9th of April 2019, the WHO European High-Level Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases “Meeting non-communicable disease targets to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe” has started in the “Yildiz” hotel of Ashgabat city.

The heads and representatives of the Ministry of Health Protection and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, European Regional Office of the World Health Organization, as well as the responsible representatives working in the sphere of healthcare from around 50 countries across the world, including the employees of international organizations, representatives of local and accredited in Turkmenistan mass media participated to the event. 

During the opening ceremony, the Minister of Health Protection and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan gave a speech and read the Congratulatory Message of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed to the participants of the WHO European High-Level Conference on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases.      

Then the video address of the Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was shown to the participants of the Conference where he noted valuable contribution of Turkmenistan in the implementation of WHO international initiatives and wished to the participants of the Conference fruitful work.

Then Dr. Piroska Östlin, Acting Regional Director for Europe of the World Health Organization made an address.  Highly appraising the long-term cooperation of the WHO with Turkmenistan, the guest has presented to the Turkmen side a Certificate for Valuable Input of Turkmenistan in Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases.        

During the first day of the session, the representatives of relevant agencies of Turkmenistan, as well as the European Regional Office of WHO gave speeches at the event.  It was noted that the adoption in 2013 of Ashgabat Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020 has become a milestone event for European region.  This Document has affirmed the main regulations and obligations in the area of controlling the NCDs and became a vector in perfecting the healthcare systems, strengthening the monitoring of NCD programmes, including the preventive measures and preparation of plans on the national level.                    

In addition, the participants spoke about the work done up to the current time by the WHO member-states and partners which contributed to the attainment of positive results on the control of NCDs on global level, thus making an input in the process of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030.   

As the result of the first day of the Conference, a briefing was organized for the political scientists and the stakeholders.  During the event, the participants received information on the activities realized by the WHO in cooperation with Turkmenistan in the sphere of prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.     

Tomorrow, on the 10 of April 2019, the WHO European High-Level Conference will continue its work. 

Information about the preparation of Ashgabat High-level Conference is presented at the meeting in the WHO Headquarter

Published in World
Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:22

Informational meeting under the chairing of Regional Director of the WHO European Regional Bureau Zsuzsanna Jakab was held during the 144th session of the WHO Executive Council in the World Health Organization Headquarter in Geneva on January 20.

Delegations of member states of international organizations as well as the ambassador of foreign states permanently accredited in Geneva took part in the meeting. The participants discussed administration and budget issues as well as the programme of activity of the World Health Organization in coming period.

Speaking at the meeting, the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan in Geneva introduced the information about the first International Conference on Prevention and Control of non-infectious diseases in Ashgabat on December 3 – 4, 2013, on which plenary session President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a speech. Ashgabat Declaration approved by the WHO European Regional Committee in 2014 has been adopted by the outcomes of this representative forum.

In this context, it was informed about the second International High-level Conference, which will be held in Ashgabat on April 9 – 10, 2019 and would be dedicated to the prevention and control of non-infectious diseases. In particular, the programme of the conference (high-level plenary sessions, thematic and interactive work group sessions) and agenda of the forum have been presented to the participants.

In the end, all member countries of the WHO were invited to participate in the forum for the development of coordinated solutions. It was mentioned that diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan in foreign countries would provide necessary support to the delegates.

 The state news agency of Turkmenistan 

United Nations Calls for Strong Action to Control Tobacco Smoking in Georgia

Published in Economics
Monday, 01 May 2017 17:49

On Tuesday, 2 May 2017, at 09:30 am, in the UN House in Tbilisi (9 R. Eristavi Street, Tbilisi), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Health Organization (WHO) are organizing a press conference to support the adoption of the Tobacco-Control Law in Georgia.

Representatives of the United Nations will update the media about preliminary findings of the FCTC Investment Case – recent research implemented by the WHO and UNDP to promote implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Georgia. They will also inform about economic burden of tobacco smoking in Georgia, importance and practical implications of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) for the member states, and key measures of tobacco control.

Speakers:

  • Marijan Ivanuša, WHO Representative in Georgia
  • Shombi Sharp, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Georgia
  • Andrew Black, Team Leader of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Secretariat
  • Kristina Mauer Stender, Program Manager of the WHO Regional Office for Europe 

WHO concerned over Zika sexual transmission reports

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Thursday, 04 February 2016 17:20

The World Health Organization (WHO) has voiced its concern over reports that a case of the Zika viruscontracted in the US state of Texas was transmitted sexually. According to Euronews, as the outbreak quickly spreads across the Americas, health ministers from South America gathered in Uruguay to discuss how the region could coordinate its fight against the virus.
“Studies by the region’s health ministries confirms there is cause for concern,” Uruguay’s health minister Jorge Basso told reporters. “The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) estimates there will be 4 million additional cases of infection from the Zika virus in the Americas region by the end of 2016.”
Brazil’s health ministry said the number of suspected microcephaly cases in newborn babies that may be linked to Zika was up.
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