Indonesian President Jokowi Urges Equal Access to Covid-19 Vaccine in UN Address

September 23, 2020, 06.37 PM
President Joko Widodo addressed a high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly for the first time via prerecorded message during the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the worlds preeminent international institution on Wednesday, September 23.  ANTARA FOTO/HO/KEMENLUPresident Joko Widodo addressed a high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly for the first time via prerecorded message during the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the worlds preeminent international institution on Wednesday, September 23.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesian President Joko ' Jokowi' Widodo called for equal access to the Covid-19 vaccine for all nations in his first-ever United Nations (UN) General Assembly address today.

Jokowi joined other leaders to address a high-level meeting of the world’s preeminent international institution via prerecorded messages during the institution’s 75th General Assembly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Vaccines will be a game-changer in the fight against the pandemic. We must collaborate to ensure that all countries have equal access to safe and affordable vaccines,” said Jokowi in his speech broadcast via the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel on September 23.

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To do so, the president underscored the importance of prioritizing the spirit of multilateralism among the countries to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. He added such spirit should be placed at the forefront of all cooperation among countries at every opportunity and not only during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said that it is perfectly understandable that in building bilateral and multilateral cooperation, every country will always fight for their national interests. However, he added, countries should not forget their responsibility to contribute to achieving peace, stability, and prosperity for the world.

Therefore, Jokowi said that the UN needs to strengthen its collective leadership in the global arena. “The world needs a stronger spirit of collaboration and global leadership to create a better world.”

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“And the good governance of world health resilience must be strengthened as the world health resilience which is based on national health resilience will determine the future of the world. Economic activities must be done gradually,” he added.

He went on to reiterate the need for unity among all UN member states rather than rivalries among nations that persist in handling the Covid-19 crisis.

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