Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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13-Aug-2020 00:18:04
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In Lebanon, mobile health clinics run by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) are providing medicines and health services to those most in need. More than 2,000 people are receiving medication for acute and chronic conditions.

A patrol from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) arrived in Tonj on Tuesday evening, following clashes over the weekend between the South Sudan’s People’s Defence Forces and local youth.

In South Sudan, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that a response is underway to help 26,000 people in Bor impacted by flooding along the Nile River.

In a joint statement the G5 - which brings together the UN, Member States and international institutions that are partners of the Central African Republic – has expressed its concerns at reports of obstruction of voter registration, as well as threats and assault of members of the national elections’ authority by armed groups who are signatories of the Peace agreement.

In Haiti, as part of the country’s COVID-19 response, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) tell us that they have trained more than 2,800 community health workers to support the Ministry of Health.

A new report released today by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 43 per cent of schools around the world lacked access to basic handwashing with soap and water in 2019.

The World Food Programme (WFP) – in cooperation with the Tunisian Ministries of Agriculture and Education – has started its first ever cash transfers in Tunisia.

We have two new Resident Coordinators to welcome. Maria del Pilar Baiocchi of Italy will serve as the Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica, and Sylvia Lopez-Ekra of Côte d’Ivoire will now be the new Resident Coordinator in Morocco.

Sadly, I have to end with some sad news. For those of us who have been here for some time, you will remember our dear colleague Thérèse Gastaut. She sadly passed away last night. A former Spokeswoman for the UN in Geneva, she ably served the United Nations for 37 years and had held positions in the Department of Public Information in New York, Geneva and Brussels.

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