Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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06-Aug-2020 00:34:34
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and the Secretary-General paid tribute to the victims in a video message to the annual Peace Memorial Ceremony.

The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Najat Rochdi, today said that the crisis following Tuesday’s explosion requires the support of all to surmount the devastating impact of the crisis on the Lebanese people and the country.

This morning, during a Security Council session on the linkages between terrorism and organized crime, the head of the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Ghada Waly, said that the COVID-19 crisis poses a host of new challenges to national authorities.

In South Sudan, the UN Mission (UNMISS) recently trained 70 young people from Bentiu in advanced computer skills to address the economic impact of the pandemic in the Unity region.

In Sudan, our humanitarian colleagues say that intensified heavy rains there have caused flooding and landslides and have destroyed infrastructure, houses and livelihoods.

In Bhutan, where there have been more than 100 COVID-19 cases but no deaths, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Gerald Daly, has been working closely with authorities on a health and socioeconomic response to the pandemic.

The World Food Programme (WFP) launched its humanitarian air service today to help the countries and territories of the Pacific Islands.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) today said that the region’s foreign trade will experience a sharp drop of 23% in 2020 as a result of the economic effects arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that food prices continued rising for the second consecutive month in July, led by vegetable oils and dairy products.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today released the advocacy video entitled “United Against Racism.” In the video, leading personalities from all over the world have joined UNESCO in denouncing mounting racial discrimination.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Hannan Sulieman of Sudan as the Deputy Executive Director, Management for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This will be at the Assistant Secretary-General level.

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