Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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16-Jul-2020 00:29:39
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Later today, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will release an updated appeal to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UN Mission in Mali reports today that a delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) arrived in Bamako yesterday.

The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Bolivia, Jean Arnault, and the UN System in Bolivia issued a statement expressing deep sadness over the death of Monsignor Eugenio Scarpellini, the Bishop of El Alto, who led the dialogue efforts for the consolidation of peace in the country.

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development continued this morning with Voluntary National Review presentations by Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malawi, Zambia, and the Republic of Moldova. In the afternoon, Liberia, Barbados, and Solomon Islands will complete the 47 presentations for this year’s Forum.

This morning, the UN Development Programme launched its Multidimensional Poverty Index, which shows that before the virus pandemic hit, progress was being made in tackling poverty.

More than 150 religious and other leaders today welcomed the landmark step taken by the leaders of the Sunni, Shia, Christian, Kaka’i and Yazidi communities of Iraq, through the adoption of an Inter-Faith Statement on the Victims and Survivors of ISIL, also known as Da’esh.

Yesterday afternoon the Security Council heard from the head of the UN Environment Programme, Inger Anderson, and from Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock about the conditions on the SAFER oil tanker off the coast of Yemen.

Today from Cabo Verde, where there are more than 1,700 confirmed cases and 19 deaths due to the virus: The UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Ana Patricia Graça, is supporting the Government’s response to the pandemic, with the World Health Organization, the UN Children’s Fund and the UN Population Fund having contributed money for protective equipment, testing supplies, education programmes, among other activities.

From South Sudan, the acting Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya, has strongly condemned the killing of two aid workers and four community members in Duk County in Jonglei.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the country is experiencing one of the worst food crises in recent years.

The Ebola outbreak in the Equateur Province continues to grow.

The World Food Programme said today that two thirds of the 3 million Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru who have seen their jobs disappear during the pandemic will see their food insecurity worsen this year as Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to register an alarming 269 per cent rise in the number of people facing severe food insecurity in comparison to last year – the highest relative increase globally.

A new report released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warns that the fight against the COVID pandemic is causing unprecedented uncertainties in global food supply chains.

Angola has now paid its budget dues in full bringing the total number of financial contributions by Member States to 104.

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