Citing own robust system, India turns down UN supply chain help: Spokesperson

Citing own robust system, India turns down UN supply chain help: Spokesperson

United Nations, April 28

India has turned down the UN’s provide of help from its built-in supply chain saying that it has its own “robust” system to handle the logistics of getting materials for the coping with the COVID-19 surge, in keeping with a UN spokesperson.

“We offered the assistance of our integrated supply chain if it was required. We’ve been told at this point that it’s not needed because India has a reasonably robust system to deal with this.  But our offer stands, and we’re willing to help in whatever way we can,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq mentioned on Tuesday.

The Secretary General’s Chef de Cabinet Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti has been in contact with India’s Permanent Representative T.S. Tirumurti, and different UN staffers have additionally been in contact with Indian officers in New York and in India, he mentioned.

“Our people who deal with operational and logistical issues are willing to help, if we’re needed, and we’re in touch with our counterparts in India to see whether that will be useful,” Haq added.

He mentioned that there was solely a “low level” of circumstances among the many worldwide and native UN workers in India and the UN was taking good care of them in order that they do not add to the Indian well being system’s pressures.

UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir has known as for help to India, “a country which did so much to ensure the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable countries”, in keeping with his Spokesperson Brenden Varma.

Bozkir mentioned “that his thoughts are with the Indian Government and people” and “it is now time for the world to extend aid and support to India.”

While the UN will not be concerned with the fast problems with the pandemic’s surge, Haq mentioned that it has been serving to India take care of the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on a long-term foundation.

A UN workforce partnered with employers’ and staff’ organisations to advertise jobs and entrepreneurship alternatives, whereas 140,000 staff benefitted from 11 assist desks and “on-site counselling activities” on COVID-19 prevention and enterprise continuity organised by three organisations, UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), he mentioned.

In addition, UNIDO additionally developed an internet platform tailor-made to smaller companies to assist firms bounce again from the disaster and the ILO helped over 100,000 self-employed staff to entry social safety measures and coaching on security and well being, he added.



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