Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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23-Jul-2020 00:15:10
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General addressed via a pre-recorded video message the students of Tsinghua University in Beijing during the “Global Lecture on Climate Change.”

In a new Policy Brief entitled “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Arab Region” that was released very early this morning the Secretary-General said that the consequences of the pandemic on the region are likely to be deep and long-lasting.

This morning, the Security Council met virtually to discuss the situation in Syria.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it remains concerned about the rising number of the virus cases across Syria.

The Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Coordinator, Edward Kallon, condemned the gruesome killing of four aid workers and a security guard by non-state armed groups.

The UN Mission says that the fighting in the Jonglei region has forced thousands of families to flee their homes and seek sanctuary next to the UN base in Pibor.

The World Health Organization (WHO) today warned of the threat posed by COVID-19 to health workers across Africa.

In Jordan, where more than 1,200 confirmed cases have been reported and 11 deaths, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Anders Pedersen, launched its socioeconomic framework to boost a rapid and sustainable recovery from the impact of the virus.

Today in Geneva, the UN Refugee Agency, the African Development Bank and the G5 Sahel group of nations pledged to back efforts to curb the impact of COVID-19 on refugees and their hosts across the five countries in the Sahel.

The UN Children’s Fund said today that more than 32 children have lost or have been separated from one or both parents due to Ebola since a new outbreak was declared in Equateur Province, in the western part of the DRC.

In response to question on how the UN is helping Rohingya refugees amidst the flooding in Bangladesh, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that while the most severe flooding has not impacted Cox’s Bazar to date, monsoon rains are affecting the camps so the UN is continuing to prepare, protect and respond accordingly.

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