Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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24-Mar-2020 00:22:50
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Ahead of the virtual meeting of the G20 leaders this week, the Secretary-General has written them a letter in which he calls for concerted and decisive action on the current global health crisis that spreads human suffering and upends the global economy.

Tomorrow, at 10:00 am, the Secretary-General will launch the COVI-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, which aims to provide assistance to save lives in the most vulnerable countries, while containing the outbreak globally.

From Geneva, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today said that broad sectoral sanctions should urgently be re-evaluated in countries facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the World Food Programme (WFP) is also looking to pre-position buffer stocks of food or cash to provide at least 3 months of food assistance to vulnerable people in priority countries.

The UN team in Kenia, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), has been working closely with the Government in the response to COVID-19.

With cases of COVID-19 now confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN peacekeeping mission and the humanitarian community are mobilizing to support the Government’s response.

In South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country has put in place a seven-day freeze on staff traveling into the country as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.

In a letter to the Member States, the President of the General Assembly presented a proposal for how the General Assembly can take essential decisions related to the Organization while dealing with the pandemic.

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is launching an “Observatory on Border Crossings Status due to COVID-19”, which will gather all updated information regarding border crossings limitations worldwide.

The Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, today followed the Secretary-General’s appeal for an immediate ceasefire around the world by calling for a complete, immediate nationwide ceasefire throughout Syria to enable an all-out-effort to suppress COVID-19.

In Chad, the Humanitarian Response Plan 2020 was published today, which is seeking $545.3 million - a little over $69 million more than last year’s appeal - to help 3 million of the most vulnerable people in the country.

The Secretary-General is appointing Deborah Lyons of Canada as the new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Today is World Tuberculosis Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) today issued recommendations that will help countries accelerate efforts to stop people infected with tuberculosis (TB) from becoming sick with TB by giving them preventive treatment.

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