The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has participated in the closing of the 73rd General Health Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO). This annual forum, in which the 194 member states agree on the organization’s priorities and budget, took place, this year virtually, on 18 and 19 May.
On this occasion, the meeting focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the Member States reported on their progress in the fight against the virus and exchanged experiences on the evolution of the situation in their respective countries.
Sánchez stressed that Spain firmly believes that the only possible response to COVID-19 is a multilateral response. “Now more than ever, we must be united. Because united, we are stronger ”, he assured. The president has transferred the support of the Spanish government the leadership of WHO and, in particular, its director general Tedros Adhanom, “To advance work on the basis of lessons learned, so that the world is better prepared to respond to future challenges.”
Likewise, the president has asked to work under a comprehensive vision that encompasses multisectoral health spheres, ensuring that “only in this way will we be able to achieve the third objective of sustainable development: guarantee a healthy life and promote the well-being of all at all ages.”
Sánchez has also valued Universal Health Coverage as a cornerstone to have efficient, resilient and quality health systems; that provide responses to health emergencies, but also in the permanent protection of health.
In his speech, Sánchez wanted to remember the victims of the global pandemic: “We have learned many lessons from this crisis. Unfortunately, it has been at a forced marches and at an enormous emotional and human cost, with the irreplaceable loss of numerous lives of our compatriots. I want to pay a heartfelt tribute to the victims of this disease, their families and their loved ones ”.