New Delhi, Apr 06: The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed door informal consultation on COVID-19 this week. This comes after 10 non-permanent members led by Dominican Republic forced the UN Secretary General to hold a discussion on the pandemic.
This development comes after China demitted the Presidency of the UN Security Council last week. It may be recalled that Estonia had attempted to have a discussion on the pandemic, but was blocked by China, Russia and South Africa. It was argued that this was not a peace and security issue and hence could not be part of the UNSC’s mandate.