Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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01-Jun-2020 00:21:18
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will be addressing the opening of a high-level virtual pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Yacoub El-Hillo, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, said over the weekend that he was shocked by the horrific reports about Wednesday’s shooting at a smuggling warehouse in Mezda, killing 30 migrants and injuring 11 others.

The Secretary-General notes that the relative calm that characterized election day continues to prevail in Burundi.

A newly published paper, issued by the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), argues that the COVID-19 emergency underscores the inadequacy of the frameworks governing the economic and administrative relationships between Israel and Palestine.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that nearly 938,000 cases and over 49,000 associated deaths were reported as of Saturday across the region, relating to COVID. That surpasses Europe and the US in daily infections.

I want to flag that in a joint video message released today, the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo; and the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, made a call to ensure women are central to global ceasefire efforts.

A new survey released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that prevention and treatment services for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have been severely disrupted since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

A new Ebola outbreak has been identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The UN Development Coordination Office welcomes three new Resident Coordinators. They are to be posted in Ghana, Guinea and the Philippines.

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