Virtual Noon Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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27-May-2020 00:35:06
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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At the Security Council this morning, the Secretary-General said his latest report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict shows little progress.

Tomorrow the Secretary-General, along with the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, are convening the High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond.

This is the final day of the virtual Operational Activities Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General also spoke at an event to promote women’s participation in peacebuilding.

Over the holiday weekend, the Secretary-General welcomed the announcement by the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban of a ceasefire to enable the Afghan people to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday, and to celebrate it in peace, of course.

We also issued a statement over the weekend expressing the Secretary-General’s sadness at the loss of lives and destruction as a result of Cyclone Amphan in India and Bangladesh, in which he extended of course his condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones and wishes those injured a quick recovery.

The Secretary-General, in a separate statement, also said he was saddened by the loss of life and injury in a passenger airline crash in Karachi on May 22nd.

In a message issued for Africa day, marked on 25 May, the Secretary-General reaffirmed his total solidarity with the people and Governments of Africa in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and paving the way for recovery and a better future for all.

Turning to Syria, the UN remains concerned over the impact of COVID-19 on people across that country.

Updates from our colleagues in our peacekeeping missions on the support they are providing to various Member States fighting the pandemic.

The World Meteorological Organization and some of its partners have called for stronger preparation to keep people safe in hot weather without increasing the risk of spread of COVID-19.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) said today that more than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the pandemic.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO), yesterday issued a joint call to governments on the need for 'key worker' designations for essential air and sea personnel.

Today, WHO welcomed the creation of the WHO Foundation, an independent grant-making entity.

On Friday, the UN will mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

In response to questions about a website related to something called the United Nations New World Order project, the spokesperson said the following: "I just want to state and say this very clearly that this project and website is in no way sanctioned by the United Nations."

Tonga has paid this year's regular budget contribution in full. This brings us up to 92 Member States who have paid in full.

The Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the passing of Miles Stoby, who had served as an Assistant Secretary-General in the UN for many years and had also been seconded to the UN from Guyana’s foreign service.

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