Multilateralism put to the test by the coronavirus
Posted April 24, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.- Updated April 26, 2020 at 5:18 a.m.
Reserved for our subscribers
The Covid-19 pandemic, which is shaking up the world, reveals the lack of consultation between States, even to face such a threat, and opposes two rival approaches of international law.
Coronavirus imposes, the closed meeting of the Security Council was held by videoconference.Finally, on the evening of April 10, the supreme organ of the United Nations (UN), in charge of peace and security in the world, was discussing for the first time the pandemic after long weeks of "deafening silence", in the words of the German Ambassador to the United Nations, Christoph Heusgen.
The UN system is already seriously shaken by the country which was its pillar: the United States
The situation is, however, unprecedented.For the first time, all of humanity must face the same fear at the same time."A signal of unity and determination from the Council would mean a lot in this time of anxiety," Antonio had launched.Guterres, the secretary general, before the meeting.Yet it was impossible that evening to arrive at a common text.Washington insisted that the Chinese origin of the virus be mentioned, and Beijing refused "any politicization of the virus." days later, US President Donald Trump announced the suspension of US contribution to the World Health Organization (WHO), accused of appeasing Beijing and "mismanagement" in the crisis.United States were the first donors providing 17% of the budget.
Posted Date: 2020-11-09