The EU reaffirmed its support for multilateral institutions this Friday, insisting that they are the best coordination tools to deal with the coronavirus crisis, and reaffirmed that it will provide financial assistance to the World Health Organization (WHO) following the decision of the United States to Withdraw your contribution.
In statements on the occasion of the International Day of Multilateralism and Peace Diplomacy, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, expressed the European bloc’s commitment to international institutions, particularly the United Nations. In this context, he sent a message of support for the work of WHO and committed to fund it.
In his opinion, the agency plays a “crucial” role in containing the pandemic so that the EU will continue to support its work “financially”. The EU and its member states are the main donors to WHO. In 2019 alone, more than 146 million people made a contribution. They have already committed another 114 million to the WHO-led strategic preparedness and response plan to help health systems more vulnerable.
This message reaffirms Borrell’s commitment to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who promised that the EU would mobilize funds after Washington decided to cut funds for the agency.