Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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09-Jul-2020 00:18:15
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General learned with profound sadness about the untimely passing yesterday (8 July) of Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire.

This morning we issued the Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Latin America and the Caribbean.

This morning, the Secretary-General delivered remarks to the UN-Water High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) special event to launch the Global Accelerator Framework for the Sustainable Development Goal 6 - that’s the one on water and sanitation.

This morning, the Secretary-General also delivered remarks via a video message to the International Energy Agency Clean Energy Transition Summit.

This Saturday, 11 July, is the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

At the Security Council this morning, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel said that attacks by violent extremists and intercommunal violence have continued to undermine peace and security in the region, particularly in the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin.

In Syria, our humanitarian colleagues remain concerned about the impact of the virus on people across the country. To date, the Syrian Ministry of Health has confirmed 14 deaths and 372 cases of the virus, including 18 members of the Ministry of Health.

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General has been negotiating with the Government of Yemen and Ansar Allah the text of the Joint Declaration and he has been receiving comments and feedback over several rounds of discussions.

In the Central African Republic, the joint military operation with the country’s armed forces against combatants from the 3R movement continues in the northwest.

Today is the Independence Day in South Sudan.

In Benin, which has more than 1,200 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including more than 300 people having recovered and more than 20 people passed away, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Siaka Coulibaly, has been working closely with the Government to support the health and socio-economic responses to the pandemic.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today jointly warned that funding shortages, conflict and disasters – as well as supply chain challenges, rising food prices and loss of income due to COVID19 – threaten to leave millions of refugees across Africa without food.

Today, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that the annual mean global temperature is likely to be at least 1° Celsius above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) in each of the coming five years (2020-2024).

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that members of the Marley family will reimagine the late Bob Marley’s iconic anthem One Love.

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