- Security Council Underlines Support for Secretary-General’s Global Ceasefire Appeal, Fight against COVID-19, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2532 (2020)
The Security Council, in a 1 July videoconference meeting*, announced its decision to adopt a resolution expressing its support for the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire, which he issued in March to help unite efforts to fight COVID-19 in the most vulnerable countries.
In unanimously adopting resolution 2532 (2020), the Council demanded a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations on its agenda and supports the efforts undertaken by the Secretary-General and his Special Representatives and Special Envoys in that respect.
The 15-member organ called upon all parties to armed conflicts to engage immediately in a durable humanitarian pause for at least 90 consecutive days, to enable the safe, unhindered and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, and provision of related services by impartial humanitarian actors, in accordance with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. The pause would also enable medical evacuations, in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian and refugee law as applicable.
However, the Council affirmed that the general and immediate cessation of hostilities and humanitarian pause does not apply to military operations against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), Al-Qaida and Al-Nusra Front, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida or ISIL, and other Council-designated terrorist groups.
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Virtual stakeout by H.E. Mr. Nicolas de Rivière, Security Council President and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and H.E. Mr. Kais Kabtani, Permanent Representative of Tunisia, on the COVID-19 pandemic.
I welcome the Security Council resolution on #COVID19 demanding a cessation of hostilities in situations on its agenda & recognizing the Secretary-General's global ceasefire appeal. Let's now truly press conflict parties to silence the guns and focus on fighting the common enemy. pic.twitter.com/r31YUGh2mi
— Rosemary A. DiCarlo (@DicarloRosemary) July 1, 2020