Mr President, dear co-coordinators, distinguished colleagues,
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.
Thank you for this opportunity and for the elements paper circulated.
Multilateralism and solidarity
Partnerships, commitments and the way forward
Mr President, dear co-coordinators, we look forward to fruitful consultations. Be assured of the full support of the European Union and its Member States as you take this important work forward. Thank you.
 'Recognizing further the central role of the UN system in catalysing and coordinating the global response to control and contain the spread of COVID-19, and acknowledging in this regard the crucial role played by the World Health Organization'.