On this occasion, the meeting focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the Member States reported on their progress in the fight against the virus and shared experiences on the evolution of the situation in their respective countries.
Sánchez stressed that Spain firmly believes that the only possible response to COVID-19 is a multilateral response. "Now more than ever, we must be united. Because united, we are stronger," he assured. The President has transferred the support of the Spanish Government to the leadership of the WHO and, in particular, to its Director General, Tedros Adhanom, "to advance the work based on the lessons learned, so that the world is more prepared to respond to future challenges. "
Likewise, the President has asked to work under a comprehensive vision that encompasses the multisectoral spheres of health, ensuring that "only in this way can we achieve the third objective of sustainable development: guarantee a healthy life and promote the well-being of all at all ages."
Sánchez has also put in value the Universal Sanitary Coverage as a cornerstone to have efficient, resilient and quality sanitary systems; that give responses to health emergencies, but also in the permanent protection of health.
In his speech, Sánchez wanted to remind the victims of the global pandemic: "We have learned many lessons from this crisis. Unfortunately, it has been by force and at enormous emotional and human cost, with the irreplaceable loss of numerous lives of our Compatriots, I want to pay a heartfelt tribute to the victims who have claimed this disease, to their relatives and to their loved ones. "