Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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08-Jul-2020 00:15:04
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General briefed the Security Council on Libya this morning and told Council members that time is not on our side in the country.

Yesterday afternoon, a draft resolution in the Security Council concerning border crossings in Syria failed to pass due to the vetoes by two permanent members.

Today, via recorded video messages, more than 50 heads of States and Governments are addressing the International Labour Organization’s virtual Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work.

Research released today by our friends at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime shows that the sudden increase in demand for medical products to address the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an expansion in the trafficking of substandard and falsified products.

There are more than 6,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 100 deaths in Haiti.

In June, the number of people forced to leave everything behind had reached 921,000.

In South Sudan, nine years since it gained independence, the UN Refugee Agency is calling on South Sudanese leaders to reinvigorate efforts to establish a lasting peace and end Africa’s largest displacement crisis.

On its second day, the High-Level Political Forum, addressed the key issues of “building back better” after the pandemic, including how to respond to the economic shock, re-launching growth, sharing economic benefits and addressing developing countries’ financing challenges.

Yesterday, note to correspondents was issued in which the Spokesman confirmed that on 6 July the United States of America notified the Secretary-General, in his capacity as depositary of the 1946 Constitution of the World Health Organization, of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, effective 6 July 2021.

Tomorrow the noon briefing guest will be the Head of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, Under-Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov.

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