Virtual Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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22-Apr-2020 00:27:57
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today is the International Mother Earth Day.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with Ted-Ed, today launched an online “Earth School,” which provides free educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home due to COVID-19.

In Papua New Guinea, there are seven confirmed cases of the virus.

In South Sudan, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the already-dire food security situation there could worsen due to the pandemic.

In Darfur, where the UN Mission continues to support the Government of Sudan to combat the pandemic, the head of the Mission, Jeremiah Mamabolo, has donated five all-terrain vehicles, four high-capacity power generators and a refrigerator container unit to the Federal Minister of Health.

In Mozambique, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) expressed concern about the potential spread of COVID-19 in the country.

This morning, the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Huang Xia, told the Security Council members that with a growing number of Covid-19 cases, the countries of the region are facing significant challenges.

The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) spoke yesterday with agriculture ministers of the G20 on behalf of the UN food agencies.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna today released new research on pangolins which, despite an international trade ban, are the most trafficked mammals in the world.

The Secretary-General strongly condemned an attack earlier this week in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on a WHO vehicle transporting COVID-19 surveillance samples.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today condemned the second execution of a child offender in the space of just four days by authorities in Iran.

In Yemen, heavy rains have caused more flooding over the last 24 hours. The Government yesterday declared Aden a disaster zone.

Thanks to a full payment from Cambodia, 85 Member States have now paid in full for 2020.

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