Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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18-Jun-2020 00:12:26
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Just after midnight, the Secretary-General will release a Policy Brief on the World of Work and COVID-19.

Ahead of World Refugee Day this Saturday, the Secretary-General reiterates his commitment to do everything to end the conflict and persecution that drive appalling numbers of refugees.

In Geneva, the UN Refugee Agency, published its annual Global Trends report, which shows that forced displacement is now affecting more than one percent of humanity – or 1 in 97 people.

This morning’s session of the Security Council was also dedicated to refugees. The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, said twice as many people are forcibly displaced now than 10 years ago. This, he says, is the result of a decade of crises.

On the Sahel, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that the number of people in need of life-saving assistance and protection has reached 24 million.

A first batch of 10,000 COVID-19 tests arrived in Sana’a on a UNICEF-chartered plane today to increase the testing capacity amid the rapid increase of cases in Yemen. An additional shipment of 8,000 tests is expected to arrive in Aden in the coming days.

There are more than 1,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths recorded, with the pandemic taking a toll on livelihoods and the economy.

Every year, half of the world’s children – or approximately 1 billion children – are affected by physical, sexual or psychological violence, leading to them suffering injuries, disabilities and death, because countries have failed to follow established strategies to protect them, according to a new report published today by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, as well as the End Violence Partnership.

A new UN report released today said that sustained and effective efforts in fighting corruption in Afghanistan remain critical for the country’s future.

The Secretary-General is appointing Ms. Leni Stenseth of Norway as Deputy Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East or UNRWA, at the level of Assistant Secretary-General.

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