Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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16-Jun-2020 00:24:28
Briefing by Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokeswoman for the Secretary-General.

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Geir Pedersen, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Syria, briefed the Security Council this morning. He said that currency and price volatility remain acute in that country, and the inflation rate has hit peak levels in the past six months.

The UN Refugee Agency today warned that the economic downturn prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in the Middle East into an ever more desperate situation and has increased their humanitarian needs.

The UN remains extremely concerned by shortfalls in funding for the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Yemen is now also being ravaged by COVID-19.

UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP) are joining forces in Libya in a project that will aim to reach up to 10,000 food insecure refugees and asylum seekers with emergency food aid this year. 

The UN and its partners today welcomed the dialogue between President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmajo’ and President Muse Bihi Abdi, hosted by President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, and attended by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.

In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Monguno and Nganzai local government areas in Borno State, which took place on the 13th of June and killed dozens of civilians, injured several others, and damaged a major humanitarian facility – and this was in Nigeria.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, today launched an urgent appeal for an additional $390 million to support the response to COVID-19 and for new humanitarian needs.

In the Central African Republic, the UN Mission has donated hygiene kits, including soap, handwashing devices, and more than 7,000 protective masks to communities in Bangassou, Mbomou prefecture, as part of its support to communities to fight COVID-19.

In Brazil, the UN team is working with authorities to save lives and livelihoods in the midst of the pandemic, focusing on the most vulnerable groups, particularly indigenous peoples, migrants, people in prisons, and youth.

The Food and Agricultural Organization and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) today released a joint report which warns that millions of people may slide into extreme poverty and hunger in 2020 in Latin America and the Caribbean due to the pandemic.

The UN verified over 25,000 grave violations committed against children last year, according to the annual report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, published yesterday afternoon.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development – or UNCTAD- said today that global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows are forecast to decrease by up to 40% in 2020, from their 2019 value of $1.54 trillion.

The International Labour Organization -ILO- warned today that more than 55 million domestic workers around the world are at significant risk of losing their jobs and income. This is due to the COVID-19 lockdown and lack of effective social security coverage

Today is the International Day of Family Remittances, and in his message to mark the Day, the Secretary-General recognized the determination of 200 million migrants who regularly send money home, and the 800 million family members throughout the developing world who depend on those resources.

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