African Union chair Ramaphosa to call for global solidarity against COVID-19 in address to 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa who doubles as the head of the African Union will on Monday, 18 May 2020, address the virtual 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), at the invitation of the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom.

“The President Ramaphosa will use this opportunity to call on the international community and all Member States to unite in global solidarity to tackle this global disease and to work together to develop solutions,” the presidency in South Africa said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.

“President Ramaphosa has been invited to participate as a guest alongside the United Nations Secretary-General, H.E Mr Antonio Guterres; the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E Angela Merkel; the President of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Mr Moon Jae-in; and the Prime Minister of Barbados, H.E. Mia Amor Mottley,” the presidency added.

The WHA is the supreme policy decision-making body of the WHO, governed by its 194 Member States and consisting of health ministers. 

The WHA meets annually to discuss major policy questions and the work program of the WHO. This year’s meeting is conducted virtually, considering  the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

President Ramaphosa will also provide a brief account of the strategies implemented by South Africa and the broader African Union, which is chaired by South Africa.

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