Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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20-Mar-2020 00:43:43
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General said yesterday that he continues to work from Headquarters, where he is meeting virtually with the senior staff from around the UN system, to ensure coordination of the COVID-19 immediate response and the world beyond, after this crisis passes.

The UN Global Compact is bringing together more than 10,400 companies in 166 countries.

In Moldova, the UN country team has been supporting the Government in putting together a real-time monitoring dashboard of virus cases in the country.

Regarding Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that, as of yesterday, more than 600 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 34 countries, compared to 147 just one week ago.

As the virus spreads around the world, our humanitarian colleagues today expressed concern for the 100 million people living in warzones and other emergency settings who depend on the UN’s assistance.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today that the inclusion of migrants and marginalized groups is necessary in all aspects of the response to COVID-19.

At UN Headquarters, our security colleagues tells us that about 247 people have swiped into the building today, down from 11,000 on a normal day.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us they expect a rapid deterioration of the Desert Locust situation in the Greater Horn of Africa.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) yesterday airlifted emergency relief items to Chadto respond to the humanitarian needs of some 10,000 Sudanese refugees.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General congratulated Uzbekistan on the passage this week of legislation set to end statelessness for at least some 50,000 people.

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, yesterday expressed alarm at the continuous military campaign in Al Jawf and Marib and the tragic toll it is taking on the lives of civilians.

We have a statement from the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on South Sudan, in which she expressed serious concern over the escalation in intercommunal violence in the central and eastern parts of the country in the past month.

Today is the International Day of Happiness as well French language Day. Tomorrow, other days will be observed. These include: The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Poetry Day, the International Day of Nowruz, World Down Syndrome Day and the International Day of Forests.

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