Criticizing current blockage of UN Security Council and calling for establishment of new 'World Crisis Council', German development minister says pandemic is "wake-up call" for international cooperation

German Development Minister Gerd Müller has criticized the impending failure of a drafted UN resolution on a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It would be a fatal signal that the UN Security Council is blocked in the middle of the greatest economic and food crisis in recent decades, he said. While for him, the COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for increased international cooperation, “the wake-up call is not heard by everyone", he said.

The United States blocked a procedure that would have cleared the way for a vote on the UN resolution draft. While the US did not explain its rejection, the blockade could be the result of US President Donald Trump’s negative stance towards the WHO. According to the resolution draft, the WHO should be given a central role in the fight against the pandemic. 

Against this background, Müller repeatedly called for the establishment of a World Crisis Council, responsible for coordinating international organizations and located within the UN Secretary-General. "The global community could react much more specifically and quickly to current developments in the pandemic, such as curbing new infections, combating the hunger and economic crisis, or curbing the already increasing terror and violence," he said.

News article – Tagesschau (in German)