MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
Bogotá (Oct. 19/20). The Minister of Relations, Claudia Blum, participated today in events that kick off the week of the OAS General Assembly.
The first meeting was the dialogue between the heads of delegation, the secretary general and the assistant secretary general, with the heads of delegation of the 69 permanent observer states. The topic addressed referred to the challenges of COVID-19, and international solidarity actions in response.
During her speech, Chancellor Blum recalled that the current situation, in which countries face the enormous challenges of COVID-19 without exception, all States are closely interconnected and therefore “it is clear that the crisis triggered by the pandemic has aggravated different problems that affect our societies, and has made clear the high cost implied by the absence of coordinated strategies to face common problems ”. For this reason, she stated, “Colombia ratifies its support for multilateralism as a framework for effectively addressing global problems.”
Chancellor Blum presented actions by Colombia in health care and economic reactivation, as well as in support through subsidies to vulnerable communities. She said that, in addition, during the pandemic, the State has strengthened the implementation of the Peace with Legality policy to stabilize territories affected by violence and poverty. Likewise, she reported on the challenges of Venezuelan migration, and national efforts to provide health care, education and other services to this population, even during the pandemic. Chancellor Blum appreciated the support and cooperation of observer countries in these challenges.
“Colombia is convinced of the preponderant role of the OAS in promoting regional cooperation that allows us to sustainably face the consequences generated by the pandemic,” stressed the Foreign Minister, who also indicated that “in the current situation, the collaboration of the OAS with the Observers Permanent must be strengthened to face the emerging challenges in matters of public health and economic reactivation ”.
For this reason, “it is a priority to consolidate with the Observers the dialogue, cooperation and exchange of good practices, which we require to strengthen the institutional capacities that demand the reactivation and well-being of our societies, in the context of COVID-19”.
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