Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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27-Jul-2020 00:31:16
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tonight, at one minute after midnight, the Secretary-General will release his policy brief on COVID-19 and the Urban World.

A new UN report released today says that, even though there has been a drop in civilian casualties in Afghanistan, it remains one of the deadliest conflicts in the world for civilians.

Also in Afghanistan, there is a deteriorating humanitarian situation amid rising cases of COVID-19 and funding deficits for the country’s humanitarian response plan.

This afternoon, the Security Council will hold a closed session by VTC to discuss the recent political developments in Mali, as well as mediation efforts.

In the Central African Republic, the joint operation named “A la Londo” is making progress against the 3R armed group.

And staying in the Central African Republic, the UN Mission continues to support the country’s pandemic response with logistical and operational support through what is called “Quick Impact Projects”.

In Brazil, where there are now nearly 2.4 million confirmed cases and more than 86,000 deaths due to COVID-19, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Niky Fabiancic, is working with national and local authorities to address the immediate health needs and curb other impacts of the pandemic.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that at least 3.3 million people are currently affected, with nearly one quarter of the country being flooded, according to an assessment just completed by the Government and aid partners.

The spokesman provided an update on the investigation into a video involving staff members of the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). A third male international staff member who was in the UN vehicle in Tel Aviv has also been identified as having engaged in alleged misconduct.

Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, which is marked tomorrow, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the proportion of children under five years of age chronically infected with hepatitis B (HBV) dropped to just under 1% in 2019.

Tomorrow, Selwin Hart, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General of the Climate Action Team, will brief reporters on the launch of the Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change and other efforts to address climate change as the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic.

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