Virtual Noon Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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11-May-2020 00:24:48
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, spoke at Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) informal briefing entitled “Joining Forces: Effective Policy Solutions for Covid-19 Response.”

Tomorrow morning, the Secretary-General will open a high-level video conference on the Role of Religious Leaders in Addressing the Multiples Challenges of COVID-19.

Next Thursday, 14 May, the Secretary-General will bring together the heads of the UN system in a virtual meeting of the Chief Executives Board of the UN.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS said today that COVID-19-related service disruptions could cause hundreds of thousands of extra deaths from HIV.

In Libya, the Secretary-General strongly condemns any attacks on civilian populated areas.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the improvised explosive device attacks against a convoy of peacekeepers in the region of Kidal, in Mali.

In Jordan, where there are 540 confirmed cases of the virus, the Resident Coordinator, Anders Pedersen, as well as the whole of the UN country team are working with the Government to address the pandemic.

In Syria, we remain concerned by the impact of the COVID-19 on people across that country. Many of them displaced and particularly vulnerable.

Today, our Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, along with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Special Representative and the Head of the UN Human Rights Office there, issued a joint statement expressing concern over the continued detention of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities in light of the pandemic.

In the Sahel, as of today, almost 2,000 cases of the virus have been reported in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad and Mauritania.

In Somalia, our humanitarian colleagues there said that more than half a million people have been affected by flooding following the rise in the level of the Shabelle River due to heavy rains in both Somalia and the Ethiopian highlands.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said that, while significant gains have been made in the fight against the desert locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen, more needs to be done to prevent a food security crisis.

In Myanmar, our colleagues there tell us that, with international commercial flights suspended due to the pandemic, the World Food Programme (WFP) has launched humanitarian flights linking Yangon with Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Tomorrow, the noon briefing will have a guest. Joshua Setipa, who is the Managing Director of the UN Technology Bank, which is based in Turkey, will be launching the Technology Access Partnership.

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