COVID-19: 59 countries support Antonio Guterres’ call for a global ceasefire [fr]

Statement on behalf of 59 countries in their national capacity and as members of the Group of Friends of Women, Peace and Security, the Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict and/or the Group of Friends of the Protection of Civilians

We welcome and fully support the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We echo the Secretary-General that it is, “time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.”

As the global COVID-19 pandemic spreads, we are concerned about the plight of women, children, and all civilians caught in armed conflicts and other humanitarian crises, including the displaced and marginalized, older persons, persons with disabilities, and the wounded, sick, and detainees. These populations are already impacted disproportionately by armed conflict. An immediate global ceasefire would markedly reduce these impacts, allow for much-needed humanitarian assistance and protection, and hopefully diminish the spread of COVID-19.

We fully support the efforts of the United Nations, including the World Health Organization, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, and other specialized agencies, funds, and programs in responding to COVID-19. Their efforts are helping to ensure vulnerable civilians living in conflict-affected countries are protected. Furthermore, we extend our thanks and support to the humanitarian and healthcare workers on the frontlines of the response.

We stand together with all those affected by COVID-19, including civilians and vulnerable populations caught in armed conflicts and humanitarian crises around the world.

1. Andorra
2. Argentina
3. Australia
4. Austria
5. Bangladesh
6. Belgium
7. Brazil
8. Canada
9. Chile
10. Colombia
11. Costa Rica
12. Cote d’Ivoire
13. Croatia
14. Czech Republic
15. Denmark
16. El Salvador
17. Estonia
18. Finland
19. France
20. Germany
21. Ghana
22. Guinea
23. Hungary
24. Iceland
25. Indonesia
26. Ireland
27. Italy
28. Jamaica
29. Japan
30. Jordan
31. Kenya
32. Republic of Korea
33. Kuwait
34. Liechtenstein
35. Lithuania
36. Luxembourg
37. Mali
38. Malta
39. Mexico
40. Montenegro
41. Namibia
42. The Netherlands
43. New Zealand
44. Norway
45. Peru
46. Philippines
47. Poland
48. Portugal
49. Qatar
50. San Marino
51. Slovakia
52. Slovenia
53. South Africa
54. Spain
55. Sweden
56. Switzerland
57. United Arab Emirates
58. United Kingdom
59. Uruguay

Dernière modification : 20/04/2020

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