Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra delivered a virtual speech at the Plenary Meeting of the 75th United Nations General Assembly currently underway in New York City.
In a prerecorded statement from Lima, Peru’s top official took the stage online along with other world leaders on the General Debate of the UNGASS held on September 22-29.
The Head of State started by paying tribute to the victims of the novel coronavirus.
“In these difficult circumstances for mankind, allow me to extend, on behalf of the people and the Government of Peru, our full solidarity and our sympathies to those who —as a result of COVID-19— have lost loved ones, family members, friends, colleagues, and to those who are on the front line and have given everything, even their own lives: doctors, nurses, politicians, and soldiers,” he expressed.
“I also pay tribute and express thanks to those who continue to fight every day, far from their families, in order to save lives at the risk of losing their own. We reaffirm our commitment to continue undaunted in our joint efforts to wage war against this unprecedented health crisis,” he added.
The statesman acknowledged the seriousness and the magnitude of the pandemic, as well as the unfamiliar and highly contagious nature of COVID-19.
“No one is safe unless we are all safe. Therefore, we encourage everyone to join us in this struggle as we work together effectively recognizing that a vaccine and a treatment for this virus are global public goods, as well as guaranteeing timely and fair access to necessary medications and equipment to tackle the pandemic,” he said.