Guterres added while presenting a report on developments since the launch of his call on March 23: "There is an opportunity for peace, but we are far from achieving it. The need for that is urgent. the Covid-19 epidemic will now reach all conflict sites."
On March 23, the UN Secretary-General appealed for a ceasefire in all conflict areas of the world to better combat the Covid-19 epidemic.
In this context, a petition, launched by a non-governmental organization to support the United Nations' appeal, collected about one million signatures as of Thursday, while there is no decrease in fighting in these countries.
In his daily meeting with the journalists, the UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric expressed his satisfaction with the initiative taken by Avaaz Organization. He said: "We are very pleased with the number that this petition can attract," stressing the need to put pressure on the belligerents.
The United Nations welcomed the statement issued by the Syrian Democratic Forces on March 24, in which they expressed support for the Secretary-General's call for an immediate global ceasefire to facilitate the global response to Covid-19.