New York: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the United States (US) to play a leadership role in drawing up a global covid-19 vaccination plan.
The Secretary-General virtually welcomed a recommitted and re-engaged US administration to UN Headquarters on Monday.
"I welcome the many initiatives the new United States administration has already taken to support multilateral responses to global challenges, and to strengthen cooperation between the US and the UN," said Guterres during a virtual meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
"The commitment and contribution of the United States are essential to resolve the many serious global challenges we face – starting with the covid-19 pandemic," said Guterres.
In response, Blinken said the UN was the anchor of the multilateral system which the Biden administration sees as vitally important.
During the virtual meeting, Blinken also welcomed close coordination with the UN regarding the political settlement and the permanent and comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan as well as the need to renew and expand cross-border aid delivery in Syria.
He also discussed efforts in Ethiopia to secure greater humanitarian access across the country, the necessity for Eritrean forces to withdraw from Tigray, and the need for independent, international investigations into human rights abuses.