The International Advisory Board of the Silk Road Think Tank Association rose from a webinar on Friday and released a statement calling for the strengthening of international cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.
Focusing on the theme of “Working together to meet global public health security challenges and build the health Silk Road,” the meeting was attended by more than 30 politicians and scholars from more than 10 countries, including Iran, France, Italy, Egypt and Greece.
According to the statement, COVID-19 brings the most urgent and serious challenge to both the health of humanity and world peace and development.
In order to jointly respond to the risks and challenges, continued efforts should be made to act on the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind towards stronger solidarity and cooperation.
The meeting said it should be duly acknowledged that since the outbreak of COVID-19, various countries had adopted response tactics and measures in light of their specific national conditions.
The meeting noted that significant progress had been achieved in China and some other countries, offering useful practice to the ongoing global fight against COVID-19.
“It should be fully recognised that tracing the origin of the virus is a matter of scientific nature and labelling the virus could by no means be conducive to the international cooperation against COVID-19,” the statement said.
“Concerted efforts must be made to promote joint research and development towards early breakthroughs with a scientific approach and to oppose the politicisation of public health issues, the stigmatisation of other countries under the excuse of COVID-19 and discriminatory comments and practices against any country, region or ethnic group.
“We highly commend the World Health Organisation for the objective, scientific, and fair standing in competently performing their duties and responsibilities as well as the important coordinating and leading role they play in synchronising international response and promoting international cooperation,” said the statement.
The meeting called for greater support for developing countries in their fight against COVID-19 and efforts to stabilise trade and investment environment, preserve openness of markets, and facilitate the smooth performance of logistics networks.
The conference urged governments, political parties, social organisations, enterprises, media, think tanks, and the public of all countries, Belt and Road Initiative cooperation partners in particular, to strengthen cooperation to jointly withstand the economic and social impact of COVID-19,
“Countries, BRI partner countries in particular, must bolster the conviction and confidence to defeat the outbreak with courage, solidarity, and wisdom so that the exhilarating experience they share in fighting COVID-19 will augur even greater achievements in BRI cooperation, and indeed an even brighter tomorrow for all mankind,” added the statement.