The role of political parties in the fight against COVID-19: Cambodia’s perspectives

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on humanity across the globe. It is the defining crisis of a generation, with no immediate exit on the horizon. The global crisis cannot be resolved at the national level, and no country can win this formidable challenge alone. Global cooperation and coodination are required. The world leaders must recognize that global coordination indeed serves national interest and humanity.

Unfortunately, there have been fragmented responses to the Covid-19 crisis. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned, “there is a total lack of coordination among countries”. President of the World Economic Forum Borge Brende observed: “the pandemic struck an already unsettled world, one in which profound shifts in power were underway and causing competitive instincts to overtake cooperative mindsets”.

Ideally, political parties have a critical role to play in setting high political commitment and responsibility, developing policy agenda, and mobilizing resources to address the pandemic crisis. Political parties should not politicize or manipulate the pandemic to promote their populist ambition.

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