Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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08-May-2020 00:22:33
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General today released an appeal to address and counter COVID-19-related hate speech.

Today, as you may know, is the 40th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox.

At 5:30 p.m. this afternoon, we will release a message from the Secretary-General for the Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who lost their lives in the Second World War.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General welcomed the formation of the new Government of Iraq, led by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

The Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General yesterday afternoon spoke with our Resident Coordinators who cover 162 countries and territories.

I want to flag that, at 10 a.m. on Monday, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ambassador Mona Juul of Norway, is convening a virtual informal briefing on “Joining Forces: Effective Policy Solutions for Covid-19 Response.”

From the Pacific, two UN Resident Coordinators – Sanaka Samarasinha and Simona Marinescu – who are leading UN teams covering 14 countries and territories, yesterday launched a $35.3 million COVID-19 response plan.

In Lebanon, the acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Claudio Cordone, as well as our humanitarian partners, launched yesterday the Lebanon Emergency appeal, requesting $350 million.

Turning to Syria, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, expressed serious concerns today about continuing human rights violations and abuses and a sharp rise in killings of civilians in the country.

In Somalia, our colleagues at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today warned that the safety and welfare of the country’s 2.6 million internally displaced people are being threatened by heavy flooding, conflict, a crippled economy, impending desert locust swarms and the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Staying in the region and the Horn of Africa, the IOM said that the number of internally displaced people there has dropped in the past six months.

Today, our colleagues at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said they are deeply concerned about recent reports of failure to assist migrant boats in the central Mediterranean.

Ending on some good news: I am delighted to thank our friends in Port Louis, Mauritius, for their full payment to the UN’s regular budget.

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