Virtual Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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04-May-2020 00:20:08
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, the Secretary-General took part in the online High-Level Dialogue on Press Freedom and Tackling Disinformation in the COVID-19 pandemic Context hosted by UNESCO.

The Secretary-General also spoke today at an online pledging event for the Coronavirus Global Response.

In New York, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Jan Kubis, today briefed the Security Council in closed consultations about the situation in that country.

UNICEF said today that more than 127 million children in Eastern and Southern Africa – who are supposed to return to school this week – remain at home due to the threat of the virus.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is facilitating logistics for the pandemic response by providing air service for the World Health Organization and the global humanitarian community.

In Somalia, the UN and our partners are supporting Government’s response to the virus.

In Ghana, the UN Resident Coordinator a.i., Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, and the UN country team have re-programmed existing resources to support the government’s response to the pandemic and its health, humanitarian and social economic impacts.

In Cameroon, where there are more than 2,000 confirmed cases, the Resident Coordinator, Allegra Baiocchi, and the UN team have been supporting the Government, even before the first case showed up in Cameroon.

In Central Sahel, our humanitarian colleagues are telling us there is an unprecedented deterioration in the situation in the border areas between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, also known as the three-border area.

Lastly, on a positive money note: we are most grateful to Beijing for its payment, in full, to the UN regular budget. This brings us to 88 fully paid-up members as of today.

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