Virtual Noon Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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12-May-2020 00:30:15
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The UN country team expressed its shock and revulsion at today’s attacks at a Kabul maternity hospital as well as a funeral in Nangarhar.

The Secretary-General wrote to UN staff yesterday evening, noting how he has been inspired by how our work has been able to continue uninterrupted for the past two months.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at a high-level video conference on the Role of Religious Leaders in Addressing the Multiple Challenges of COVID-19.

This morning, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, briefed the Security Council by video conference on the situation in that country. She welcomed the early actions of the new government.

The UN’s Children Fund today said that is appealing for $1.6 billion for its humanitarian response for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new report filed today by the UN Environment Programme says that in response to the current pandemic, UNEP will step up its work on mapping threats of diseases transmitted from animals to people and protecting the environment to reduce the risk of future pandemics.

UN Women, the International Labour Organization and the European Union Commission put forward a series of recommendations for G7 countries to ensure women’s security and economic empowerment in the post-pandemic future.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, also known as ECLAC, released a report proposing that governments in the region ensure immediate temporary cash transfers to meet basic needs and sustain household consumption, to cope with the socioeconomic effects of the pandemic.

As of this morning, our humanitarian colleagues report that 58 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Yemen.

The Joint UNHCR-IOM Special Representative for refugees and migrants from Venezuela, Eduardo Stein, said the pandemic is exposing Venezuelan refugees and migrants to even greater hardship, as many are now struggling to survive away from home.

In Ukraine, our colleagues at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that the contact line between the government-controlled areas and the non-government-controlled areas remains closed since March 21st as part of the COVID-19 lockdown.

In nearby Moldova, there are nearly 5,000 cases and 179 confirmed deaths due to the coronavirus.

Turning to Mozambique, where there are more than 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases but no reported deaths, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Myrta Kaulard, is focusing on preventing the spread of the virus and addressing the drastic economic impacts.

In South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping mission's radio station, Radio Miraya, has started to broadcast lessons for students who are out of school because of the virus.

In Malawi, the Secretary-General has taken note of the verdict delivered on 8 May by the Supreme Court of Malawi.

The United Nations Peacekeeping Force there (UNFICYP) said that at around 3.00 am, a small explosive device was detonated outside of a bakery in the bi-communal village of Pyla.

The four peacekeepers who were injured this weekend in Mali are now listed as being in stable condition.

The President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ambassador Mona Juul, of Norway, has issued a statement to the press on the briefing entitled “Joining Forces: Effective Policy Solutions for COVID-19 Response”.The President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ambassador Mona Juul, of Norway, has issued a statement to the press on the briefing entitled “Joining Forces: Effective Policy Solutions for COVID-19 Response”.

Marking International Nurses Day, the Secretary-General thanked nurses for caring for us, today and every day of the year. COVID-19 has made more evident that nurses are irreplaceable, the Secretary-General said in a tweet.

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