Ramaphosa made the remarks when taking part in a virtual conference of the 1st Extraordinary Inter-Sessional Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States.
“We therefore need to promote multilateralism as the most effective instrument to ensure that all countries, big and small, rich and poor, are accommodated and their voices heard,” he said.
Ramaphosa reaffirmed full support for the initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) together with many governments, non-profit organizations and industry leaders to speed up the development and production of vaccines and therapeutics, and to ensure that they are distributed speedily and equitably across the globe.
“Global solidarity demands that we also stand as one against all forms of racism and intolerance” while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Ramaphosa added.
Floyd, 46, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes until he stopped breathing.
“As countries that have borne the brunt of racial discrimination over centuries, we need to work together to end the scourge of racial violence, wherever it occurs. By working together, we can build a peaceful, just, healthy and prosperous global community,” said the AU chairperson.