Morocco: Member of the Support Group for Global Infectious Disease Response (G4IDR)

The Support Group for Global Infectious Disease Response (G4IDR), created at the initiative of the Republic of Korea in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, was launched on the 20th of May 2020 by videoconference from Geneva with the participation of Morocco as a Member of the Group.

Participating in this initiative, Morocco reconfirms once again its commitment to multilateralism in the various fields of action, a constant commitment which is materialized in the health sector by its support for the plans and initiatives of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the action taken by the Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization (WHO).

In this regard, Morocco's action, under the Leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, at the regional, continental and international levels, was praised by various delegations taking part in the launch of this Group.

The videoconference announcing the establishment of the Group was attended by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, Kang Kyung-wha, and the Permanent Representatives of the Group (Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates).

Speaking on this occasion, Morocco's Permanent Representative in Geneva, Ambassador Omar Zniber, highlighted the scope of this initiative at a time when "the world is facing a global health crisis that poses humanitarian, social and economic challenges and that can only be resolved through large-scale, collective, multidimensional and solidarity-based responses".

He stressed the need to keep this initiative "free from politicization by putting the human being at the center of all concerns", insisting on transparency in the management of the initiative, cooperation and solidarity as the very essence of the initiative.

The Ambassador underlined that the necessity to put Africa at the center of concerns and to take into account the realities that prevail there in order to provide constructive responses to infectious diseases".

Mr. Zniber also recalled the action of Morocco towards the African Continent and the readiness of the Kingdom to share its experiences and mobilize its experts to provide added value in this context.