Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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21-Aug-2020 00:27:59
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General said that the third commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism takes place while the world is in turmoil.

Yesterday evening, a team of UN Human Rights Officials from the Peacekeeping Mission gained access to President Keita, as well as other detainees, held by the mutineers since Tuesday. The Mission continues to closely monitor the situation and reports that Bamako remains relatively calm, with no major security incidents, despite the ongoing rally in support of the recent days’ events.

The first shipment of 12,500 metric tons of wheat flour from the World Food Programme was offloaded at the port in the Beirut today.

UN Peacekeepers are helping to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Lebanon and help people in the wake of the explosions.

The UN and its partners are unanimous in saying that they can and are delivering principled aid across Yemen, despite the challenges.

The number of cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Equateur province have now reached 100, including 43 people who have died.

According to new estimates, about 3.3 million people are currently facing acute food insecurity.

UN Peacekeepers in South Sudan continue to help local authorities in their fight against the virus. The UN has donated 6,000 face masks to internally displaced people at the protection of civilians site in Malakal and other locations.

A new survey released today by the UN Migration Agency found that almost 60 per cent of those intending to migrate from Latin America decided to postpone or cancel their plans due to the pandemic.

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