Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants in the Interim Government, Zeina Akar, delivered a speech at the political forum of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, in which she hoped that “The Council and its affiliated organizations will continue to support Lebanon as it faces, at this critical juncture, an existential economic, financial and social crisis that has wiped out most of its development achievements over the past three years. decades, forcing state authority to reorganize its priorities to urgently work to eradicate poverty, ensure food security and sustainable access to energy, and try to save education and health services , and guarantee vaccines for all, including foreign workers and refugees.

“Lebanon renews its call to mitigate the effects of forced displacement on sustainable development, on the basis of the principle of burden-sharing and responsibility-sharing,” Akar said, calling on the Council to “seek to intensify its efforts with the parties. relevant stakeholders to expand existing debt relief. initiatives, also include middle-income countries and accelerate the process of recovering stolen assets.

She pointed out that today’s forum is being held at a critical moment in history, as humanity faces multiple challenges, the first being the Corona pandemic, alongside the social and economic crisis. , as well as the threat from climate change.

Referring to the global vaccination against COVID-19, Akar expressed serious concern over the existence of a global vaccination gap in this regard, and renewed the call for “equity in access to timely vaccines, increased production and equitable distribution of vaccines, and fully funding global access to the Corona vaccine. “

She also stressed that “the current epidemic should not obscure the challenges that previously existed in Lebanon, in particular the IDP crisis. Therefore, Lebanon renews its call to mitigate the effects of forced displacement on sustainable development, based on the principle of the burden. sharing and responsibilities. “

Akar said the world needs a more inclusive and interconnected multilateral system, in which the United Nations and its agencies, international financial institutions, regional organizations and other stakeholders work together effectively, with closer ties. between institutions.

She added: “The 2030 Agenda calls for transformative change that requires a paradigm shift towards the integration of policies, environmental sustainability and safeguarding human rights, with an emphasis on gender equality. gender and social justice, promoting inclusion and strong institutions.

“This would revitalize the Economic and Social Council in multilateral, interconnected, comprehensive and effective frameworks that help us achieve the desired goals,” Akar said.