Virtual Noon Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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20-May-2020 00:30:51
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a new policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent, the Secretary-General highlights the continent’s swift response to the pandemic, but also calls for global solidarity with Africans now and to recover better.

This morning, during the opening session of the Africa Dialogues series, the Secretary-General reiterated the solidarity of the United Nations with African countries as they tackle the new coronavirus.

In a joint statement following the publication of the Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on Africa, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), Solomon Dersso, called for urgent measures to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, today launched her report on the new Development Coordination Office in her capacity as Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).

Today, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said that global human development – which is the combined measure of the world’s education, health and living standards – is set to decline this year for the first time since 1990, when the concept was first developed.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said today that COVID-19 may push an additional 10 million of the world’s children into acute malnutrition.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council this morning.

In South Sudan, UN peacekeepers are in Pieri in northern Jonglei state, following reports that many people were killed and injured in intercommunal clashes over the weekend.

An update on Super Cyclone Amphan, which made landfall in India today along the border with Bangladesh: our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the UN continues to work with the Government of Bangladesh to prepare and support those in need.

In Kenya, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and other aid agencies as well as the Government are strengthening their COVID-19 response, after authorities confirmed that two people tested positive for the virus in the Dadaab refugee camp.

In Armenia, where there are more than 5,000 confirmed cases of the virus, the UN team there, led by Resident Coordinator Shombi Sharp, has been supporting the Government’s plan to address the pandemic.

Today marks World Bee Day. This year, the focus is on good practices adopted by beekeepers to support their livelihoods and deliver quality products.

Friday is the International Day for Biological Diversity. This year’s theme is “Our solutions are in nature.”

Tomorrow morning, at 9:30 am, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Qu Dongyu and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, will launch a revised appeal for the Desert Locust crisis. The event will be webcast on FAO’s website.

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