New York (UNA-OIC) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling for a worldwide ceasefire, to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed more than half a million lives.
Unanimously adopting resolution 2532 (2020), the 15-member body demanded “a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations, on its agenda”. It also voiced its support for efforts by UN Secretary General António Guterres, who first appealed for a global ceasefire on 23 March, towards that goal.
Through the resolution, the Council called upon all parties to armed conflicts to immediately engage in a “durable humanitarian pause” of at least 90 days, to enable the safe, unhindered and sustained delivery of lifesaving aid.
It affirmed, however, that no ceasefire would apply for ongoing military operations against the extremist group Daesh (also known as ISIL/ISIS), Al Qaeda, the Al Nusra Front and other Council-designated terrorist groups.
The Council requested the Secretary General to instruct the UN’s 13 peacekeeping missions to support host country efforts to contain the coronavirus, and to provide updates on UN efforts to address the pandemic in conflict zones and humanitarian crisis areas.
The two-page resolution, drafted by France and Tunisia, was adopted 111 days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic.