Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is an honour to address this General Assembly Special Session in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly a year into the pandemic, we face a human tragedy, and a public health, humanitarian and development emergency.
For the first time since 1945, the entire world is confronted by a common threat, regardless of nationality, ethnicity or faith.
But while COVID-19 does not discriminate, our efforts to prevent and contain it do.