Special session is a historic moment for the UN member states, says UN GA President
- 03 December 2020
"This special session is a historic moment for the UN member states," said Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th UN General Assembly said Thursday at a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly in Response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic initiated by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement Ilham Aliyev, APA reports.
Volkan Bozkir said that this is the first special session of the UN General Assembly on the COVID-19 pandemic. According to him, humanity is facing the unexpected consequences of the pandemic: "Last year, none of us imagined such a thing would happen. The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected people's lives around the world, and this pandemic has challenged our world. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented problems in the 75-year history of the United Nations. COVID-19 is primarily a health and health crisis. But at the same time, it is an economic crisis, a development crisis, a humanitarian crisis and a human rights crisis. We are facing a major recession for the first time since the Great Depression. There have been unexpected reductions in people's incomes.
The world economy has shrunk by 4.4 percent, and global poverty is expected to rise for the first time in 20 years. Millions of people are expected to live in poverty. Foreign investment has declined significantly, there are trade and travel restrictions, the tourism industry is in decline, and all this is having a negative impact on the lives of millions of people."