India has declined help provided by the United Nations of its built-in provide chain for COVID19-related materials, saying the nation has a “robust system” to cope with the required logistics, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres stated.
“One of the things we did is we offered the assistance of our integrated supply chain if it was required. We’ve been told at this point that it’s not needed because India has a reasonably robust system to deal with this. But our offer stands, and we’re willing to help in whatever way we can,” Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Chief, stated in response to a query by PTI.
On whether or not any shipments of important supplies from UN businesses are anticipated to achieve India amid the disaster, Haq stated, “none have been sought so far, but like I said, we do have people, including our people who deal with operational and logistical issues who are willing to help, if we’re needed, and we’re in touch with our counterparts in India to see whether that will be useful.”
As India battles a crippling surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths, the United Nations has been in contact at varied ranges with authorities in India.
Haq stated Chef de Cabinet to the United Nations Secretary-General Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti has been in contact with India’s Permanent Representative to the UN TS Tirumurti over the COVID-19 state of affairs in India and different officers within the system have additionally been in contact with officers each in New York and on the bottom.
Haq added that the UN can also be ensuring that its personal workers, whether or not worldwide or nationwide, in India are taken care of in order that they do not place a burden on the healthcare system of India. “And luckily, we’ve maintained a very low level of cases. So, we’ve, I think, been succeeding at trying to do that and making sure that we’re not pressuring a healthcare system that already is facing extreme challenges.”
Earlier, in the course of the every day press briefing Tuesday, Haq stated in India, UN colleagues on the bottom proceed supporting authorities and communities to deal with the impacts of the pandemic.
He stated UN entities have been coaching well being staff, together with 10,000 nurses by way of UN Women initiatives and the UN crew has additionally partnered with employers’ and staff’ organisations to advertise jobs and entrepreneurship alternatives.
Haq stated 11 assist desks and on-site counselling actions on COVID-19 prevention and enterprise continuity have been arrange by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and these have benefitted over 140,000 workers.
UNIDO additionally developed a web based platform to assist firms bounce again from the disaster, tailor-made to smaller companies, whereas ILO helped over 100,000 self-employed staff to entry social safety measures and coaching on security and well being.
“We are also focusing on getting jobs for 10 million young people,” Haq stated, including that over 13,000 ladies and youth, together with returnee migrants, are being educated by way of entrepreneurship programmes led by UN Women and ILO.
An internet portal from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to spice up e-commerce has benefitted 950 ladies entrepreneurs in small and medium companies.
In response to a different query concerning the resurgence of the COVID-19 variant in India and whether or not main political rallies or non secular festivals ought to be held in the course of the pandemic, Haq stated he’ll go away it to colleagues on the World Health Organisation to present a extra formal analysis about this.
“We’ve been warning about the sort of precautions that need to be taken in every country, and certainly, we want to make sure that all of the various precautions that have been recommended by the World Health Organization are followed through by every country.”
Haq confused that at this stage, one of many classes that have to be clear is that till the COVID-19 pandemic is basically confronted and defeated in each nation, it will not be solved for any nation.
“Although there are different places that are thankfully making progress with measures, including vaccinations or local quarantines or other different precautions, we have to remain vigilant,” he stated.
As the Secretary-General has made clear, “we have to cooperate and nations have to cooperate with each other to make sure that COVID-19 can be defeated in every nation because you can always get areas, different countries or different variant strains, that can, again, cause a huge problem, not just for one nation but for regions and, ultimately, for the world,” Haq stated.
Expressing fear over the surging coronavirus circumstances in India, President of the UN General Assembly stated it’s time for the world to increase assist and assist to the nation, which had provided essential COVID19 vaccines to weak nations.
“I’m worried about the #COVID19 situation in India, a country which did so much to ensure #Vaccines4All in vulnerable countries. It”s time for the world to extend aid & support to India. No one”s safe until we’re all safe,” President of the seventy fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir tweeted Tuesday.
He added that his ideas are with the individuals of India right now.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Tirumurti replied to Bozkir’s tweet, saying India deeply appreciates “your sentiments and solidarity at this juncture.”
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