| 6 July 2022, Wednesday |

Ukraine health emergency sparks rival resolutions at WHO assembly

A proposal to condemn the regional health emergency caused by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine will be debated at a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting on Thursday, sparking a competing resolution from Moscow that makes no mention of Russia’s participation in the situation.

The original plan, supported by the United States and more than 40 other nations, criticizes Russia’s behavior but does not immediately remove its voting rights at the United Nations Health Organization. The language of the Russian document, which is supported by Syria, will also be determined.

Observers believe that if the Western-led plan is approved virtually unanimously, it will convey a powerful political statement that is uncommon in the global system.

Both resolutions express “grave concerns over the ongoing health emergency in and around Ukraine”, but only the Western-led proposal says that the emergency is “triggered by the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine”.

  • Reuters