President Kagame calls on the world to collaborate to combat COVID-19

On 23 September 2020 at 02:08

In a virtual address to the United Nations 75th General Assembly, President Paul Kagame noted that the cooperation between the countries of the continent is key to overcoming the pandemic that has plagued the world for over nine months.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed nearly one million lives and pushed hundreds of millions into unexpected hardship. It is not a time for doubt or hesitation. It is not a time for doubt or hesitation. We have the tools to meet this test and prevail,” President said.

The President said that the cooperation of the countries will be the key to achieving the goals of sustainable development that the World had set in 2015.

“Although the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted five years ago, most countries, especially in Africa, were already off-track, before 2020”.

He also stressed that the vaccine is the hope of a return to normalcy, explaining that Coronavirus should be a lesson to all countries, and encourage investment in the health sector.

“Ensuring equitable access to vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics will speed up the end of the pandemic for everyone. This pandemic has highlighted the importance of resilient national health systems and strong domestic health financing”.

President Kagame also highlighted the importance of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), saying, "We will continue to work to reinforce WHO to make it more effective."

President Kagame talked of the importance of gender equality, saying that ‘gender equality has still not been fully attained in any country ‘, and it has become the foundation of global development in the world, urging that gender equality efforts continue.

He also returned to the role of technology in the future of the world, saying that it is important to support projects aimed at bringing technology to all. He stressed that this should also go hand in hand with respect for human rights around the world.

Addressing the issue of climate change, President Kagame argues that the agreement to reduce the impact of climate change signed in Kigali and Paris should be complied with to achieve its goals.