Virtual Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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02-Apr-2020 00:25:55
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the Secretary-General will hold a briefing to release a report on the impact of his call for a global ceasefire.

The Secretary-General issued a statement yesterday, in which he showed his supported for the delay announced of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, which was due to be held in November, in Glasgow, in the UK.

In a letter that was sent to Member States yesterday, the Secretary-General said that, while we face the enormous challenges posed by COVID-19, UN operations are also under increased financial pressure due to continued financial constraints.

In an update from the Central African Republic, the UN peacekeeping mission there is continuing to support the authorities to prevent and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Malawi, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases, but the UN is already working hard to support the Government’s preparedness and response plan.

In Bolivia, the UN team is supporting the Government to prevent the spread of the pandemic and apply WHO’s guidelines.

Turning to India, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today said she was distressed by the plight of millions of internal migrants affected by the sudden announcement of a lockdown in the country.

The UN in Myanmar is continuing to scale-up its support to the Government to prevent, contain and respond to COVID-19.

UNAIDS today welcomed the Portuguese Government’s decision to grant temporary residency rights to all migrants and asylum seekers who applied for residency in the country before March 18th, when the state of emergency for COVID was announced.

In Lebanon, in line with the UN peacekeeping mission’s efforts to assist the host population in the common fight against COVID-19 in the country’s south, UNIFIL troop contributing countries have been taking initiatives aimed at providing communities with medical equipment and other supplies that are available at their disposal.

Turning to Syria, Najat Rochdi, the Senior Humanitarian Adviser to Special Envoy Geir Pederson, convened the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) Humanitarian Task Force via video-conference today.

In Yemen, the Office of the UN Special Envoy for the country, Martin Griffiths, is engaging the parties on reaching agreements on a nationwide ceasefire, humanitarian and economic measures to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, and the urgent resumption of the political process aimed at comprehensively ending the war.

In Libya, we are deeply concerned about the ongoing hostilities in and around Tripoli despite an agreed truce to allow national authorities and humanitarian organizations to focus on the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19.

In the Central Sahel region, the number of hungry people is rising steadily as conflict and the associated humanitarian crisis deepen.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that international prices for major food commodities declined sharply in March, driven by weakening demand and the fall of oil prices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report which found that, based on data obtained in 57 countries, a quarter of women are not able to make their own decisions about accessing health care and are not empowered to say no to sex with their husbands or partners.

UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Publishers Association (IPA), today launched the initiative Read the World, which is being supported by several children’s authors.

Today is Autism Awareness Day, and in his message for the Day, the Secretary-General notes that this year’s observance takes place in the midst of a public health crisis that places people with autism at disproportionate risk.

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