Bolivarian Government and the UN System coordinate multilateral support to face the spread of the Coronavirus in Venezuela
The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, met this Monday with Peter Grohmann, resident coordinator of the United Nations System in Venezuela, in order to coordinate the support that the multilateral organization agreed to offer to Venezuela in its fight against the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), which totals more than 70 confirmed cases in the South American country.
During the meeting, the Foreign Minister was accompanied by Alexander Yánez, Vice-minister for Multilateral Issues and Larry Devoe, executive secretary of the National Human Rights Council, while Grohmann attended together with Gerardo del Cosío, representative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) In Venezuela.
On March 19, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, read a letter sent by Grohmann to the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, in which the UN System affirms that it is prepared to support the national government facing the Coronavirus pandemic. “We are working to include Venezuela’s requirements in the global appeal”, indicates the communication received.
The head of state specified that the support includes the contribution of PAHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in favor of the People’s Power Ministry for Health, within the framework of the sanitary control measures that are executed for the containment of the pandemic in Venezuela.
The reception of this letter took place after the Executive Vice-president, Delcy Rodríguez, at the head of the Presidential Commission for the Prevention, Attention and Control of Coronavirus, held a meeting, on March 14, with the representatives of the UN System and other authorities of multilateral organizations, accredited in the country, in order to reinforce the planning and coordination of preventive measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela and the UN agencies with a presence in the country have been developing since 2019 a humanitarian response plan to combat the devastating effects of unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States government against the Venezuelan people, in prioritized areas like health, education, food, science and technology.