Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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05-Mar-2020 00:19:18
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement issued last night, the Secretary-General expressed his sadness at the passing of his predecessor, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, whom the Secretary-General called an accomplished statesman, a committed diplomat and a personal inspiration who left a profound impact on the United Nations and our world.

The Secretary-General congratulates the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) on the fiftieth anniversary of the Treaty’s entry-into-force on 5 March 1970.

The Secretary-General was shocked to learn that airstrikes on populated areas are continuing in northwest Syria, just as discussions on a ceasefire are ongoing in Moscow.

On COVID-19, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told reporters in Geneva today that the global total of reported cases stands at 95,265, with 3,281 deaths.

Just an update on the situation on the border between Turkey and Greece: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is urging all States to exercise restraint and to adopt a balanced, humane approach to population movements across this border.

Also on the topic of migration, IOM has released new data today showing that we have reached a the tragic milestone of 20,000 migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea since April 2014.

UNDP says 90 per cent of people globally hold some sort of bias against women. That’s according to new data released today.

And, on a related note, UNAIDS launched a new report showing that the stark inequalities and inequities between men and women are continuing to make women and girls more vulnerable to HIV.

Our colleagues at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that the price of food around the world declined for first time in four months, partly driven by fears that the COVID-19 outbreak will slow global demand.

We want to thank Nauru, the 64th Member State, for paying its dues in full.

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