Virtual Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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20-Apr-2020 00:30:49
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This afternoon, the Secretary-General will take part in the virtual Placencia Ambition Forum organized by the Alliance of Small Island States.

The UN’s humanitarian agencies and other humanitarian organizations issued a joint call today to the donor community to urgently support the global emergency supply system with an initial $350 million to enable a rapid scale-up of logistics common services.

In January, the Secretary-General launched a global listening exercise to gather public views on global challenges and solutions, as the United Nations marks its 75th anniversary, this at a time of upheaval, which has been intensified due to the devastating impacts of COVID-19.

In a joint statement to mark the beginning of the European Immunization Week 2020, the World Health Organization and UNICEF noted that the urgent need for a COVID-19 vaccine underscores the pivotal role immunizations play in protecting lives and economies.

In a joint statement, the heads of UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today cautioned that millions of children around the world have been driven from their homes and across borders by conflict, violence and other forms of harm.

UNICEF and Microsoft have announced today the expansion of a global learning platform to help children continue their education from home during the pandemic.

UNHCR warns today that displaced and stateless women and girls are at heightened risk of gender-based violence in the coronavirus pandemic.

IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, announced today that the actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Idris Elba and actress, model and activist Sabrina Elba were today designated as their Goodwill Ambassadors.

The U.N. continues to be concerned about the impact of the pandemic on people across Syria, millions of whom are vulnerable after more than nine years of war.

From Nigeria, the Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident coordinator in the country, Edward Kallon, has expressed his deep sorrow following the deaths of several people in fires in camps sheltering internally displaced people in Borno.

In Chad, where there are 33 confirmed cases of the virus, the UN Resident Coordinator has reiterated the UN’s continued support during all steps of the response to the pandemic, from addressing the immediate health needs to the medium- and long-term social and economic impacts.

In South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping mission says there has been a worrying surge in intercommunal violence in parts of the country, with violent clashes related to cattle-raiding and revenge attacks taking place.

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