Vielen dank, Herr Bundespräsident, on your form phrases, and thanks a lot on your management and partnership.
As His Excellency mentioned, we now have simply had a really constructive dialogue concerning the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and about how we will strengthen the connection between Germany and WHO even additional.
Germany and WHO have had a powerful relationship for a few years, however that relationship has develop into even stronger lately.
I very a lot admire the management of Federal President Steinmeier, Chancellor Merkel and Minister Spahn through the pandemic, and their help for WHO and for international well being.
Your help has given us as WHO inspiration and power. Vielen dank, certainly, thanks a lot.
Final yr, Germany contributed greater than US$600 million to WHO, together with greater than US$430 million to help the COVID-19 response.
Germany can be the most important donor to the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies, which allows WHO to reply quickly to emergencies.
Germany was one of many predominant drivers behind the formation of the Entry to COVID-19 Instruments Accelerator final yr, that was designed as an “endgame” to this pandemic, and has continued to be a number one advocate for solidarity and fairness within the international response.
We very a lot admire Germany’s announcement of €1.5 billion in funding for the multilateral response to the pandemic, together with the ACT Accelerator, on the G7 leaders’ assembly final week.
I additionally admire that Germany has been studying its personal classes from the pandemic – all of us need to be taught from it, this pandemic is unprecedented – and I welcome the announcement by Chancellor Merkel final yr that her authorities will make investments 4 billion euros by 2026 in strengthening Germany’s public well being capacities.
President Steinmeier and I additionally had an excellent dialogue about methods to strengthen WHO and international well being safety, together with the Worldwide Treaty on Pandemic Preparedness and Response that has been proposed by Charles Michel, the President of the European Council. I wish to use this chance to thank my pal Charlie.
This proposed treaty would offer the framework to strengthen collaboration between nations and folks.
We additionally mentioned ongoing plans to determine a WHO centre for public well being intelligence and danger evaluation in Berlin, which I agreed with Chancellor Merkel final yr.
So Your Excellency, vielen dank as soon as once more on your management and your partnership. We very a lot admire it, and we stay up for persevering with to work with Germany very carefully within the months and years forward as we reply to the pandemic and work collectively for a more healthy, safer, fairer world.
Thanks a lot. Vielen dank.