Virtual Noon Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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10-Jul-2020 00:24:31
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime released its World Wildlife Crime Report, which says that wildlife trafficking is not just a threat to biodiversity but also to human health.

Today, the High-Level Political Forum concluded its thematic review for the week.

The UN remains extremely concerned about the SAFER oil tanker off the coast of Yemen, which as you know is carrying 1.1 million barrels of oil and is in poor condition. On 15 July, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a meeting on the issue.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that that the first COVID-19 case in north-west Syria was confirmed yesterday.

Azerbaijan has nearly 22,000 cases of COVID-19, more than 13,500 recoveries, and more than 250 deaths. The UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Ghulam Isaczai, is working with the Government’s task force on COVID-19, providing health and communications advice.

The UN Mission in Mali is working with prison populations in the regions of Gao, Mopti and Timbuktu areas to raise awareness and help protect prisoners against the virus.

In Darfur, the UN-AU Mission has distributed hygiene materials to internally displaced women and girls in Sortony.

The UN Mission in Kosovo continues to support women through economic empowerment activities.

Last month, the Secretary-General issued a statement in which he expressed his concern over the growing humanitarian and safety crisis facing seafarers due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In a statement released earlier today, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization otherwise known as UNESCO said that Hagia Sophia, which is part of the “Historic Areas of Istanbul,” is inscribed on the World Heritage List as a museum.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today warned of the crippling impact of the socio-economic crisis on Lebanon’s population.

Tomorrow is World Population Day. In a message for the day, the Secretary-General noted that the COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere, but it does not affect everyone equally. It is deepening existing inequalities and vulnerabilities, particularly for women and girls.

The guest will be Maximo Torero Cullen, the Assistant Director-General for the Economic and Social Development Department at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He will brief on the launch of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 report.

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