Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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01-Jul-2020 00:25:45
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the first of a series of virtual roundtables on “Rebirthing the Global Economy to Deliver Sustainable Development.” This first roundtable focused on listening to the insights of women leaders.

Today, the Secretary-General spoke by phone with Faiez Serraj, the President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord. He spoke to him about the situation in Libya.

Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, was in Saudi Arabia over the last two days. He met with Yemeni President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi. He also met with Prime Minister Mouin Abdel Malek and other Yemeni political figures. Mr. Griffiths is now travelling to Oman and we will update you on his activities there.

Yesterday in Brussels, the international community confirmed $5.5 billion in funding to support the humanitarian, resilience and development activities in 2020 for the Syria crisis response.

The Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic reports that, yesterday, there were simultaneous attacks against its temporary base in Koui as well as heavy exchange of fire between peacekeepers and a group of 3R insurgents. No casualties were reported.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, condemned the killing of an aid worker in Lakes State.

In Kazakhstan, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Norimasa Shimomura, is focusing on saving lives and livelihoods, while also providing technical advice on a safe and gradual reopening.

The UN Information Centre IN BRAZIL will support the organization of a special tribute Mass for the victims of COVID-19.

Today, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) issued recommendations for the European Union (EU) to ensure refugee protection during the pandemic and beyond.

UNESCO has received many reports that African cultural property is being illicitly trafficked using false UNESCO documents.

In response to questions about the recent legislation brought forward in Gabon, the spokesman said that we welcome the adoption of a bill by the Senate in Gabon that decriminalizes homosexuality, in line with several resolutions of the Human Rights Council and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to “leave no one behind”.

At 2:30 this afternoon, Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, and the President of the Security Council for July, will brief journalists on the Council’s Programme of Work for the month.

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