In UN Security Council speech, French minister promotes coordinated global health response, emphasizes need to support SRHR initiatives

French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, took the floor at the UN Security Council on September 24, 2020 to speak on on the role of multilateral action to tackle the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. He detailed what role France will play in this regard.

France will hold the Generation Equality Forum next year, 26 years after the 'World Conference on Women' in Beijing. Le Drian emphasized the need to promote and support sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and that the pandemic must not undo past progress on this front.

Le Drian also indicated that France will play an active role in global health, notably through the WHO-led Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) initiative, supporting diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines as public goods. France will also promote the consolidation of the multilateral health architecture and will consider creating additional instruments, such as a High Council for Human and Animal Health.    

Speech transcript - French Ministry of Foreign Affairs