: The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution for an immediate global ceasefire beginning 1 July 2020. What does is it mean?
On 23 March 2020, an appeal for an immediate global ceasefire was made by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to help unite forces against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the appeal, Malaysia led the initiative
to release a Statement of Support
on 23 June to the United Nations Secretary-General’s appeal in collaboration with cross-regional partners, namely Bangladesh, Ecuador, Egypt, Jamaica, Japan, Oman, Senegal, Slovenia, and Sweden.
This is the first Statement that was opened to all UN Member States and Observers that called for a global effort in maintaining peace and stability during these trying times. What’s next?
The United Nations Security Council announced in a video conference meeting yesterday (1 July) its unanimous decision to adopt resolution 2532 (2020) in support of the appeal.
The resolution demanded a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations and for countries to engage in a “durable humanitarian pause” for at least 90 consecutive days, to enable the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
However, the Council affirmed that the ceasefire does not apply to ongoing military operations against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), Al-Qaida and Al-Nusra Front, as well as other Council-designated terrorist groups.
The 15-member organ has also requested for peacekeeping missions to support host country efforts to contain the global pandemic.
In the latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO) on thursday, 2 July, the worldwide total of COVID-19 cases stands at 10,458,422, with 511,082 deaths.