Joint Virtual Briefing for Member States on COVID-19

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27-Mar-2020 01:59:44
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the United Nations to operate in new ways, its vital work worldwide continues largely uninterrupted, the Secretary-General and heads of UN principal organs assure Member States, during a joint briefing on Friday held online.

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The Secretary-General outlined how, in this time of crisis, the UN Secretariat is continuing its work, both in the field and at headquarters. He said the UN is taking all measures possible to keep staff safe and stressed that the business continuity plan is working, and the UN’s critical work is continuing largely uninterrupted.

General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad Bande underscored the value of safety and solidarity in the face of a crisis that has affected practically every corner of the globe. Mr. Bande reported that thanks to technology, the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee was able to make important budget decisions during this time.

The UN Security Council has had to change its working methods due to the pandemic. Ambassador Zhang Jun of China, Council President for March, reported that despite difficulties, members have been holding meetings by video teleconference.

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which is at the heart of the UN’s work in advancing sustainable development, has not stopped working, President Mona Juul told countries. However, she warned of the pandemic’s threat to development gains, particularly in the world’s most vulnerable countries, while the need for humanitarian relief is urgent.

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