Virtual Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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05-May-2020 00:21:55
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will launch his latest COVID-19 policy brief.

The UN Children’s Fund sais today that an estimated 19 million children – more than ever before – were displaced in their own countries due to conflict and violence, that’s in 2019.

The UN Global Compact today warned that delays and disruptions in the supply of goods produced at and shipped by sea will cause significant shortages if governments don’t work together to keep global supply chains moving during the pandemic.

The UN political mission in Libya (UNSMIL) remains concerned at the continued fighting in the country and reiterates its call for a cessation of hostilities during the holy month of Ramadan.

The UN remain deeply concerned over the safety and protection of over four million civilians in the north-west of the country.

In Yemen, as of this morning, 22 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. That’s doubling the official count from just 24 hours ago.

The International Organization for Migration today warned that, amidst the fight against the virus, Afghanistan is struggling to safely absorb the more than 271,000 people who have returned from Iran and Pakistan since January.

The UN Human Rights Office today expressed their concerns over the conditions in many prisons in the Americas region, which are enabling the rapid spread of the virus.

In Honduras, the UN Migration Agency – IOM- and its partners are working to provide 15,000 tests for COVID-19 for citizens of Honduras, as well as migrants who are returning to the country.

In Brazil, the UN team is working closely with national and local authorities to flatten the curve and lift the economy, focusing on the most vulnerable groups in the two poorest regions.

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is continuing to work closely with the Congolese authorities and provided a broad range of technical support in supporting the Government’s COVID-19 response.

In Malawi, the UN country team launched a nearly $140 million appeal to support the immediate health, humanitarian and socioeconomic response to COVID-19 in support of the country’s Government.

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the Government of Japan, today launched a new project to reduce the environmental impact of cities in South East Asia by tackling plastic waste in rivers and oceans.

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