Virtual Noon Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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12-Jun-2020 00:28:59
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is concerned about the growing humanitarian and safety crisis facing seafarers around the world.

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Central Africa, François Louncény Fall, told the Security Council that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of citizens, as well as the functioning of States and regional institutions in Central Africa.

UN peacekeepers in Mali are working with a network of local radio stations in Gao and Ménaka to provide information about the virus.

The African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur has urged communities in the state of South Darfur to exercise restraint and maintain calm following an incident in a camp for internally displaced people in which two people were killed and another was injured.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that nearly 24,000 people have fled their homes in the last week following increased insecurity in southern Tripoli, Tarhuna and Sirte.

Following up on the humanitarian consequences of violence in the Sahel, the UN Refugee Agency has launched an appeal for $186 million to provide lifesaving protection and assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons, returnees and host communities in the Central Sahel.

The UN team, led by the Resident Coordinator, Maria Ribeiro, is helping the Government of Zimbabwe to address the triple threats posed by the virus, the severe drought and the lingering impact of Cyclone Idai last year. The country has 332 confirmed cases of the virus and four deaths.

The UN is working to address the critical humanitarian needs of the more than 11 million people in need of assistance across the whole of Syria.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that between 10 April, when the first case of the virus was confirmed in the country, and 11 June, authorities have announced 564 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 130 deaths.

Today is the World Day Against Child Labour, which this year focuses on the impact of the pandemic on the issue.

On behalf of the Secretary-General, the Spokesman welcomed the cross-regional statement by 132 signatories supporting his COVID-19 communications initiative and Verified.

Nicaragua and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have paid their budget dues in full bringing the total to 99 fully paid-up Member States.

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