Beijing (People’s Daily) – Since the onset of the outbreak of COVID-19, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) has been closely following the situation and stands firm in demonstrating solidarity and enhancing cooperation with all partners in response to this “public health emergency of international concern”. UNOSSC immediately reached out to the United Nations resident coordinator system in the country, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Centre of Excellence in China for advice on applicable procurement channels.
The urgently needed non-invasive respirators and medical protective suits worth $100,000 were procured through UNDP China and reached the city of Wuhan on February 22 and the city of Yuxi, a project partner, on February 24.
Jorge Chediek, envoy of the secretary-general on South-South Cooperation and director of UNOSSC appreciated the efforts taken by China against COVID-19 with a special message sent to People’s Daily on March 20. The following is the whole message:
Dear friends, my name is Jorge Chediek. I am the director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation and envoy of the secretary-general for South-South Cooperation.
I would like to first commend China for how it has fought this pandemic, this virus, this sickness, this coronavirus.
This slowing of the virus’ spread is particularly remarkable as it was achieved, while China at the time continued to make progress toward its ambitious poverty eradication goals.
I would also like to recognize China for what you are doing right now in terms of cooperating with other countries in the spirit of South-South and global collaboration.
Today – in Iran, in Iraq, in Italy, in the Philippines, in Serbia, and in Spain, among many other countries – China is contributing with donations of medical supplies, sending health workers to bridge unprecedented gaps in capacity, and sharing lessons on how to flatten the growth curve of the virus as China has done.