Virtual Noon Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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13-May-2020 00:24:12
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tonight, we will be putting out a policy brief from the Secretary-General, in which he presents a series of recommendations to ensure that mental health services are fully included in COVID-19 response and recovery plans.

This morning, the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) met virtually to coordinate support so that countries can overcome and recover better from the pandemic.

This morning, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, briefed the Security Council in a closed consultation on Lebanon.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the horrific attack on a hospital in Kabul.

In South Sudan, our peacekeeping colleagues tell us that the Ministry of Health has confirmed two COVID-19 cases in Protection of Civilians sites in Juba.

In Libya, the heads of the UN’s principal humanitarian bodies have just issued a joint statement in which they say that conflict and the pandemic present a significant threat to life in Libya.

In a joint statement, the heads of the UN global health, human rights and development institutions today issued a joint call to political leaders to address the vulnerability of prisoners to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that an additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months, with the pandemic weakening health systems and disrupting routine services.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) today said that the pandemic has led to a 3 per cent drop in global trade in the first quarter of the year.

The 2020 World Health Statistics published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that all over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant loss of life and disrupting livelihoods. It is also threatening the recent advances in health and progress towards the global development goals.

Today, the Head of the UN Human Rights office in Iraq, Danielle Bell, warned that women in the country are facing several additional challenges right now.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, in the eastern province of Ituri, 200,000 people fled their homes in the last month, following large-scale military operations.

Tomorrow, following my briefing, our friend Reem Abaza, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly, will brief you on the same virtual platform.

I want to end with a big thanks and some welcome news from Moldova. They have fully paid their budget dues for this year.

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