"The covid-19 pandemic may create economic and social disruptions, thus triggering relapse to conflict," said the deputy minister in a press release on Friday.
The UN Security Council meeting was chaired by the President of the Republic of Niger, Issoufou Mahamadou as the President of the UN Security Council for the month of September 2020. All UN Security Council members attended the meeting. The meeting also heard the presentation from two briefers: the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.
In his national statement, Vice Minister Siregar underlined three main points to respond to the increasing global challenges in efforts to maintain world peace after the pandemic.
First, the importance of encouraging the UN Security Council to continue to monitor the implementation of UN ceasefire commitments, including the Global Humanitarian Response Plan and UN Security Council Resolution 2532. In this regard, Vice Minister Siregar emphasized the importance of strengthening support for the UN peacekeeping mission in responding to the impact of the pandemic on the ground, especially in relation to humanitarian aid and peacebuilding.
Second, Vice Minister Siregar stressed that the Security Council must respond to the potential changes in the security environment in the aftermath of the pandemic. Vice Minister Siregar also underlined that the UN Security Council must remain responsive, adaptable and results-oriented in dealing with post-pandemic international security challenges.
Lastly, Vice Minister Siregar stated that the pandemic is likely to accelerate the fragmentation and re-composition of the global world order. Therefore, he enouraged the UN system to increase its effectiveness, transparency and accountability, including in terms of providing access to affordable vaccines and medicines.
"Increased engagement and connectedness are precisely what we rely on, to survive this time," said Deputy Foreign Minister Siregar.