Delegate: Mr. Vélez
18. Mr. Vélez (Mexico), speaking as a youth delegate, said that equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines was a moral imperative and in the interest of every country. Member States must ensure that by the next session of the General Assembly, 70 per cent of the world population was vaccinated. While the current situation was discouraging, the health crisis presented a [*4*] unique opportunity for the Committee to advance the 2030 Agenda. Its resolutions could form the basis of a green, sustainable and equitable recovery.
19. The Committee should promote joint initiatives to ensure greater international cooperation on access to COVID-19 vaccines, medicines and related equipment, as well as universal recognition of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), which would make it possible to ease travel restrictions, thereby contributing to recovery and strengthening multilateralism. It also should propose steps to strengthen the capacity of the international system to respond to future health crises.
20. Mexico would continue to promote the issuance of sustainable development, gender and green bonds, as well as the suspension of debt service. Especially given the vital role of development finance in recovery from the pandemic, it welcomed the Secretary-General’s report on enhanced cooperation between the United Nations and all relevant partners, in particular the private sector (A/76/319). Cognizant of the importance of closing the digital gap, Mexico reaffirmed its support for the Secretary-General’s Road Map for Digital Cooperation, which it was endeavouring to implement. In all of its actions, Mexico would work to ensure that the most vulnerable were not left behind, and it stood ready to contribute actively to the Committee’s deliberations.
21. In the lead-up to the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Committee should reiterate the urgency of developing nature-based climate adaptation and mitigation strategies that ensured well-being and social justice. Its recommendations would be incomplete if they did not recognize the specific needs of vulnerable groups.
UN Doc.: A/C.2/76/SR.3