Virtual Noon Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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22-May-2020 00:14:29
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, the Secretary-General will give a virtual Eid Message at an interactive discussion with Member States representing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Yesterday, the Secretary-General presented his proposal for the programme budget for 2021 at a virtual session of the Advisory Committee on the Administrative and Budgetary questions (ACABQ).

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Gavi, the Global Vaccine Alliance, warned that COVID 19 is disrupting routine vaccination efforts around the world.

From Bangladesh, where Cyclone Amphan made landfall earlier this week, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that some 10 million people in Bangladesh have been impacted by the storm with 17 people having been killed.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Sanda Ojiambo of Kenya as the new Executive Director of the UN Global Compact.

In response to questions I've received on the situation with the UN Mission in Mali, following an article that appeared in Foreign Policy yesterday, I can tell you that we don’t entertain speculations about the senior positions. Suffice it to say that the Secretary-General's Special Representative in Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, has the full support of the Secretary-General.

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) today launched an urgent appeal seeking $21.2 million to alleviate the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable migrants and their host communities in ten South American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Today is the International Day of Biological Diversity.

The High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond is scheduled to take place on 28 May, next Thursday.

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