Virtual Noon Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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

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The Secretary-General continues to follow closely developments related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The Secretary-General has written a letter to the President of the General Assembly about the forthcoming General Assembly session. In the letter, he presents options for Member States to consider in order to ensure the holding of the general debate in September.

This week, the Secretary-General is looking at the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent.

This year’s Africa Dialogue Series will begin tomorrow under the theme: “COVID-19 and Silencing the Guns in Africa: Challenges and opportunities”.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the virtual meeting of the Economic and Social Council’s annual operational activities segment.

The acting Special Representative for Libya, Stephanie Williams, briefed the Security Council by video this morning on the situation in the country.

The UN Mission in Abyei, UNISFA, together with women’s groups, carried out a COVID-19 awareness raising campaign aimed at promoting the roles and voices of women leaders in their communities.

A report released today by the World Health Organization on the health behaviors of 11 to 15-year-olds in Europe shows that adolescent mental well-being declined in many countries between 2014 and 2018.

In Cabo Verde, where there are more than 300 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Resident Coordinator, Ana Patricia Graça, and the Government are leading a Response and Recovery Coordination Platform.

In from Cameroon, where the UN along with humanitarian partners, are providing health, water and sanitation, hygiene support, including mobile clinics, disease screening and virus sensitization to internally displaced people in the North West and South West regions of the country.

In Bangladesh, the UN and the Government are making preparations as Super Cyclone Storm Amphan is set to make landfall tomorrow. More than 14 million people may be impacted by the cyclone in the country.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) warned today that the rising numbers of civilian casualties in Afghanistan underscore the urgent need for parties to halt the fighting and to re-focus on starting intra-Afghan peace negotiations.

The UN Global Compact, along with the Science Based Targets initiative and the We Mean Business coalition, today released a statement in which more than 150 global corporations urge world leaders to work on a net-zero recovery from COVID-19.

The UN Refugee Agency today warned that many displaced indigenous communities in Latin America are now dangerously exposed to and at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

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