Draft virus resolution submitted to the UN Security Council

first_imgIt also calls for “all parties to armed conflicts to engage immediately in a durable humanitarian pause for at least 30 consecutive days.”But it exempts military operations against the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and Al-Nusra groups, and all “terrorist” entities listed by the Security Council.Discussions will begin soon after the members have given their first comments on the text, diplomats said on condition of anonymity.”There will be no negotiations as such,” said one diplomat, adding that a vote could take place early next week. The UN Security Council began work Wednesday on a draft resolution co-authored by Tunisia and France urging “enhanced coordination” and a general cessation of hostilities in conflicts on its agenda, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The three-page draft, obtained by AFP, was delivered to the 15 members of the Security Council.The draft “emphasizes the urgent need for enhanced coordination among all countries” and “demands a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all countries on its agenda.” A decisive push for the text could come at a videoconference of the leaders of the five permanent members that may be held on Friday, according to Russian media.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire last month as the world fights the pandemic which has forced more than half of humanity behind closed doors.Western nations have buckled under the strain, with hospitals struggling to cope and the world facing unprecedented economic fallout. The once-in-a-century crisis has fuelled fears for millions of people living in conflict zones such as Yemen and Afghanistan, developing countries whose healthcare systems have already been made dysfunctional by violence and poverty. Any break in the fighting could prove pivotal as they struggle to cope with outbreaks, allowing vital aid to reach those in need.However, the Security Council has remained reticent since the start of the pandemic, silenced by strong divisions between its permanent members — notably, the United States, China and Russia.It did not hold its first meeting devoted exclusively to the pandemic until April 9, after a push by Germany; and it did not adopt any strong stance then. The current draft is the result of weeks-long negotiations between one side, consisting of the ten non-permanent members of the Council, led by Tunisia; and the permanent members, led by France.”It’s very important that the Security Council speak with one voice on the current crisis that is gripping the whole world,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric reiterated on Wednesday at his daily press conference. “We would greatly appreciate a strong voice from the Security Council,” he insisted. A paragraph in the draft relating to the World Health Organization has been left blank and will be decided at the end of the negotiations.The WHO has been taking fire for a fortnight from the United States, which has suspended its funding for the UN agency in protest at what Washington says is its mishandling of the pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Syracuse earns at-large bid to NCAA tournament, will host Rhode Island in 1st round

first_imgSyracuse men’s soccer received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and will host Rhode Island on Thursday at SU Soccer Stadium. The match will begin at 7 p.m.For the sixth time in eight seasons, the Orange (7-6-5, 2-4-2 Atlantic Coast) made it to the 48-team field. Last season, Syracuse received a first-round bye before losing in the second round to Akron. This year, the Orange will play on the opening night.If they win against URI, the Orange will play at St. John’s, and could face Virginia again in their section of the bracket.Syracuse won five of its 10 home games this season, finishing with four draws and one loss on home grass. While the Orange picked up a marquee home win against North Carolina State, they also settled for ties against Yale, New Hampshire and Pittsburgh, two of which are in the NCAA tournament field.The Orange finished 10th in the ACC out of 12 teams, before advancing to the second round of the ACC tournament in a penalty shootout victory over North Carolina. While Syracuse then lost to ACC tournament champion Virginia in the next round, the Orange had done more than enough throughout the season for head coach Ian McIntyre to feel comfortable that the Orange would make the tournament, and maybe even host a game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMcIntyre got both, and the Orange will now host Rhode Island (14-3-3, 7-1-0 Atlantic 10), who won the Atlantic 10 and earned an automatic bid. The Orange and Rams have two common opponents, as both lost 2-1 to Boston College and URI lost to Connecticut, while SU beat the Huskies.Syracuse’s last NCAA tournament win came back in 2016, when the Orange beat Dartmouth in the opening round. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 18, 2019 at 1:22 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]last_img read more

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