Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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17-Jun-2020 00:26:02
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, addressed the Human Rights Council today in its session on racism.

Also today, in Geneva, the Human Rights Council looked at the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In her opening remarks, Michelle Bachelet, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, highlighted progress achieved in the country to open up political space. She also noted measures taken to end corruption and embezzlement of public resources.

In his remarks today by video to the China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19, the Secretary-General said that, as COVID-19 spreads around the world and across the continent, Africa has responded swiftly.

In South Sudan, the UN Mission there tells us that it is concerned by reports of renewed clashes and increased tensions near Pibor.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, has expressed her condolences to the families of civilians killed in Monday’s attack on a vehicle in Shaada District, Sa’ada Governorate, in the north.

Our humanitarian colleagues in Syria say that they are increasingly concerned about rapidly rising food prices in a country where more than 11 million women, children and men urgently need humanitarian assistance.

Nine UN agencies, led by the Resident Coordinator, Françoise Jacob, and guided by WHO, are supporting Serbia’s health response, with special focus on the most vulnerable groups. There are more than 12,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 250 deaths in Serbia.

Universal child benefits, such as unconditional cash payments or tax transfers, are crucial to fight child poverty, yet they are only available in one out of every ten countries worldwide, according to a new report published today by UNICEF and the Overseas Development Institute.

Today is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. This year’s theme is ‘Food. Feed. Fibre.” and focuses on changing public attitudes to the leading driver of desertification and land degradation: humanity’s relentless production and consumption.

The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed yesterday the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom showing that dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19.

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