Virtual Noon Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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19-Jun-2020 00:21:54
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a new Policy Brief on COVID-19 and the World of Work released today, the Secretary-General highlighted the dramatic effect that the pandemic is having on jobs, livelihoods and well-being of workers and their families, as well as on businesses.

The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement reached on 17 June 2020 between the relevant party leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina, paving the way for the residents of Mostar to exercise their right to vote for the first time since 2008. This is an important and long-awaited agreement.

The UN Mission in Libya, UNSMIL, has expressed its dismay regarding the ongoing arrest and detention in Benghazi for the past week of Khalid Sakran, apparently on account of his peace activism.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that the deteriorating economy and extreme volatility of the informal exchange rate in Syria in recent weeks is affecting families already struggling to cope with the effects of nine years of crisis.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that an aircraft carrying 43 tonnes of laboratory supplies, ventilators, test kits, Polymerase chain reaction machines and personal protective equipment arrived in Sana’a today, thanks to a donation to the World Health Organization, facilitated by the Hayel Saeed Anam Foundation, on behalf of the International Initiative on COVID-19 in Yemen.

Regarding Sudan, the Secretariat is now planning the concept and structure of the new UN special political mission, UNITAMS, and will be working with the government and other stakeholders to finalize these plans in the coming months. While the impact of COVID-19 has delayed the deployment of UNITAMS to Sudan, it is expected that the mission will be operational in the coming months and able to start delivering against all its strategic objectives by 1 January 2021, as requested by the Security Council.

In a joint message from the 29 United Nations offices based there, the Rector of the UN University, David Malone, said that the UN stands in solidarity with the people of Japan, who have shown remarkable resilience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UN team is supporting Government efforts to cope with the pandemic, with a special focus on the most vulnerable.

The UN Mission there said that they continue to work with authorities and local communities to respond to the pandemic. The Mission has provided an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle to the state COVID-19 task force in Wau, Western Bahr El-Ghazal State.

In Sudan, the UN-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur, UNAMID, said that they continue sensitizing the public on symptoms and prevention measures.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned yesterday that as COVID-19 continues to spread in Africa, there are concerns over its impact on women and girls.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that a plane carrying 94 tonnes of medical, water, sanitation and hygiene supplies arrived in Venezuela today to support the response against the pandemic.

Yesterday, the Government and the United Nations signed an agreement on supporting dialogue and human rights for peace building in the country.

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. In a video message, the Secretary-General highlighted how COVID-19 has increased the challenges faced by survivors of sexual violence.

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