We thank the Independent Expert for his presentation.
The promotion of a democratic and equitable international order is more relevant today than ever. With a democratic and equitable international order, the pandemic would not have the effects is having and will continue to have, disproportionately, on countries of the South.
The current international order, with its non-transparent and undemocratic financial institutions, which protects the rich and subordinates the poor, has proven unable to confront COVID-19 in an effective, cohesive and supportive manner. Nor will it be able to ensure that its socio-economic impact will not be much stronger for developing countries.
In order to tackle COVID-19, prevent its impact from reversing progress in sustainable development, and solve the other current global challenges, a new democratic and equitable international order is required, in which multilateralism and cooperation are favored.
We urge the Independent Expert to analyze the impact of unilateralism, including the unilateral coercive measures and the withdrawal from multilateral fora, agreements and organizations by the United States, on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order. We also invite him to assess the need to reform the international financial institutions, to democratize them, and the effect this would have in the subject matter of his mandate.