Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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07-Jul-2020 00:16:56
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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During a Security Council meeting this morning on peace operations and human rights, Michelle Bachelet, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that, as COVID-19 continues to gather pace, its impacts on health, societies and economies threaten development, and amplifies or creates new grievances and tensions.

We issued a statement yesterday afternoon in which the Secretary-General said he is deeply saddened by the reported death of at least 40 people following flooding and a landslide in Kumamoto in Japan’s Kyushu region.

We would also like to offer our condolences following the death of two humanitarian mine clearance workers on Sunday in southern Tripoli.

Yesterday morning, in the town of Kidal, a vehicle from the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, part of a logistics convoy, hit a mine. Three peacekeepers were injured, including one who sustained serious injuries.

We want to thank our good friends in the Republic of Korea for their decision to contribute 60,000 face masks to support our efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic in two UN peacekeeping missions, the mission in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In Zambia, we, along with our partners, continue to work with the Government to respond to COVID-19 and its impacts.

Our colleagues at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said today that more than 3,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo arrived in Uganda between Wednesday and Friday last week during a temporary opening of two border crossing points in north-western Uganda.

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) began today with the theme of “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.”

I wanted to flag an interesting new and timely series put together by our colleagues in the Department of Global Communications’ Outreach Programme on the transatlantic slave trade, the Holocaust and the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Tomorrow, at 11:00 am, they will launch a live virtual discussion series named “Beyond the Long Shadow: Engaging with Difficult Histories.” The aim of the series is to develop a deeper understanding of the legacies of these painful histories and to consider how to best build a world that is just, where all can live in dignity and peace.

Yesterday was the beginning of the Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week. Today, the Counter-Terrorism Centre has launched a virtual exhibit that showcases its work to prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism through capacity building around the world.

We give a hearty thank you to our friends in the Marshall Islands for their full payment to this year’s regular budget, which brings us up to the beautiful number of 103.

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