Angela Merkel – UN chief Antonio Guterres: COVID vaccine ′belongs to the individuals′ | Information | DW
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the German parliament on Friday, praising Germany for its worldwide efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and its efforts to section out coal, as a part of occasions marking the 75th anniversary of the UN’s founding.
Talking solely in German, Guterres touted Germany’s monetary contributions, which allowed the UN to ship medical tools and provides to 172 nations.
“Our problem now’s to make sure that vaccines are handled as a public good,” he stated, including that vaccine “belongs to the individuals.”
He additionally praised Chancellor Angela Merkel’s management throughout the pandemic. “I need to pay tribute to the no-nonsense, regular, compassionate and smart guiding hand of Chancellor Merkel and her authorities,” he stated.
“Research present that girls’s management throughout the pandemic led to extra sustainable, inclusive and efficient outcomes. Germany proves it.”
The speech marked a uncommon second within the Bundestag, as high-ranking overseas officers or different public figures are hardly ever invited to handle members of parliament.
Together with Merkel, the speech was attended by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Stephan Harbarth, the president of Germany’s Constitutional Courtroom.
Reward for environmental coverage
Whereas the coronavirus pandemic was the focus of Guterres’ Bundestag look, he additionally praised Germany’s efforts to section out coal and undertake extra sustainable vitality practices.
“Germany has dedicated to phasing out coal and is creating proposals for a simply transition from fossil fuels to renewable vitality and vitality effectivity,” he stated. “We’d like others to observe this instance and assist construct a worldwide coalition for carbon neutrality.”
“On this season of hope, I see seeds of hope,” he added. “We are able to overcome adversity. Collectively.”
COVID disaster talks with Merkel
Merkel and Steinmeier are additionally set to carry talks with Guterres to debate the coronavirus pandemic and safety coverage points. He’ll meet with Merkel through video chat, and attend a lunch with Steinmeier on the Bellevue Palace.
As a part of his go to to Berlin, Guterres met with German International Minister Heiko Maas on Thursday. Throughout their joint press convention, Guterres urged for an equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines.
“We won’t defeat COVID by way of nationalism, however by way of worldwide cooperation,” the UN chief urged.
UN marks 75th anniversary
The UN Constitution was established on October 24,1945, and in the present day 193 nations belong to the worldwide group.
Germany is likely one of the 10 non-permanent members of the Safety Council, the UN physique dedicated to resolving worldwide conflicts. Berlin’s two-year time period as a Safety Council member will finish on December 31.
lc/rs (dpa, AFP)