Japan's Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has called on the international community to create a "united world" to overcome the coronavirus crisis.
Suga delivered a speech by video link at the special session of the United Nations General Assembly.
He said, "This crisis has reminded us of the need for global solidarity" and that "to overcome this crisis, we must realize a 'united world,' not a 'divided world.'"
Suga pointed out that the United Nations is in particular a forum where all stakeholders engage constructively and work together with transparency.
He said Japan is ready to cooperate in the review and reform process of the World Health Organization to better prepare it for future crises.
He also stressed the importance of multilateral cooperation schemes in order to overcome the pandemic.
The prime minister vowed Japan will continue to contribute funds to the COVAX Facility, an initiative aimed at ensuring equitable access to vaccines by participating countries.
He also pledged Japan will promote the supply of therapeutics through an international framework that oversees the licensing of patents.