“If we can express ourselves in this forum, we owe it to the dedication, perseverance and genius of all those who have spared no effort for more than a year and a half to contain the Covid-19 pandemic »: At the opening of his speech at the 76th United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Xavier Bettel first of all thanked the caregivers.
The Luxembourg Prime Minister also called on the world to show solidarity with regard to vaccination: “Access to vaccines is unequal. And as long as this is the case, we will not be immune to new variants and more virulent mutations ”. He reaffirmed that Luxembourg was ready “to continue [ses] international solidarity efforts to fight the pandemic ”. According to him, only “solidarity and science” will overcome the pandemic.
“Business as usual is no longer an option”
The health crisis has revealed a choice, according to him, it forces us “to recognize the need and the urgency to change our way of doing things.” Business as usual is no longer an option, ”he said. Luxembourg, as a “founding member of the UN, is ready to respond to the Secretary-General’s call to set up a more solid, more efficient, more inclusive multilateral system, working more in a network. Only in this way can we ensure peace and security, sustainable development in all its aspects, including health, respect for the rule of law and human rights ”.
The picture is not completely black, “there is reason to be hopeful. Let’s not give up. Let’s persevere. Let’s take action. Let us cooperate to overcome the trials that humanity faces. They should inspire us to act ”.
During his trip to New York, the Prime Minister met with Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, Macky Sall, President of Senegal, Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, President of Kosovo or Ana Brnabic, Prime Minister of the Republic from Serbia.
He also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of September 11 by visiting the site of the Wolrd Trade Center, twenty years after the tragedy.
– Xavier Bettel (@Xavier_Bettel) September 23, 2021
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