Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), will soon visit Budapest, as announced by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó on his Facebook page last Thursday, 5 October.
After meeting Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva, Switzerland, Minister Szijjártó stated that they have been working together for a long time, as he previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs for his country, Ethiopia, thus their relationship dates back to that time.
‘I have always valued his work; he was able to keep the WHO as a politically neutral, professional organization, which was crucial in overcoming the coronavirus,’ the minister stated.
He added that
they once again agreed that the protection of people’s health has nothing to do with geopolitics;
viruses do not recognize borders, political ideologies, or geopolitical conflicts. Therefore, a unified global response is necessary to protect people’s health.
‘There is no place for East-West disputes in the field of healthcare,’ Szijjártó emphasized.
‘We see the news that the coronavirus has resurfaced, but my friend Tedros reassured us that the world’s preparedness level is incomparably better than it was three or four years ago. The necessary tools, vaccines, and immunity developed through natural processes are available, along with comprehensive knowledge about the virus,’ he went on to write.
Szijjártó added that all of these factors together make it possible to prevent the emergence of a pandemic like the one we had to face recently. Nobody wants to go through lockdowns and quarantines again, and fortunately, it seems that it will not be necessary.
He also announced that
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will visit Budapest soon to officially hand over the WHO Budapest office,
where a 100-member international team works on the world’s most important health issues.
The World Health Organization (WHO) functions as a pivotal specialized agency within the United Nations structure, aiming to enhance global health quality and ensure the highest achievable health standards for all individuals. Hungary has been consistently devoted to facilitating the realization of these objectives.
The establishment of the WHO Budapest Centre serves to further amplify the organization’s efforts. Since its inauguration, the centre has hosted various services, including procurement and supply, talent recruitment and management, cybersecurity, fleet administration, and a global insurance centre.
Hungary’s role in hosting the WHO Budapest Centre underscores its dedication to international health initiatives and its willingness to collaborate with international organizations to achieve common health goals. Additionally, Hungary’s hosting of various UN agencies, including the WHO, highlights its broader engagement in the United Nations and its commitment to global cooperation in addressing critical global issues such as health, hunger, and humanitarian aid.
Source: Hungarian Conservative/KKM/WHO