Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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29-Jul-2020 00:17:06
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Just after midnight, the Secretary-General’s Policy Brief examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South-East Asia will be launched, looking at how governments have acted swiftly to battle the pandemic and avoid its worst effects.

Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefed the Security Council this morning on Syria.

A one-month campaign by the World Health Organization, which began on 29 June, targeted more than six million people in ten heavily populated and COVID-19-affected districts in Baghdad with health promotion and awareness messages.

The World Food Programme (WFP) today said that the relentless rise of hunger, deepening inequality and an active hurricane season are threatening the people of Latin America and the Caribbean and may have far-reaching consequences unless swift action is taken.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs today said the crisis in the northeast region, now in its 11th year, shows no sign of abating, with fighting and attacks escalating in recent months.

A new report, released today by the UN Refugee Agency and the Danish Refugee Council, details how most people taking irregular journeys between West and East Africa and Africa’s Mediterranean Coast suffer or witness unspeakable brutality at the hands of smugglers, traffickers, militias and in some cases, even State officials.

A new joint analysis by the World Health Organization and the UN Children’s Fund says that, by the end of June, some 108,000 children under the age of one might have missed out on their first measles and other vaccines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that heavy monsoon rains have affected some 4.7 million people, including nearly two million children.

Today, the Secretary-General appointed Pedro Antonio Guazo Alonso of Spain, also a national of Mexico, as Representative of the Secretary-General for the investment of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund.

Tomorrow at 2.30 p.m., there will be an end-of-presidency press briefing by Ambassador Christoph Heusgen of Germany, President of the Security Council for the month of July.

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