Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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27-Aug-2020 00:27:09
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Following additional testing and further medical advice regarding four earlier positive tests for COVID-19, the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria has been officially informed by the competent health authorities that the nature of those cases is such that the Third Session of the Constitutional Committee Small Body can resume its meetings, with full social distancing and related precautions in place.

This morning, the Security Council held an open video teleconference on the humanitarian situation in Syria. The acting Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ramesh Rajasingham, briefed the Council.

A new report released today by our good friends at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows that at least a third of the world’s schoolchildren were unable to access remote learning when COVID-19 shuttered their schools.

Our colleagues in the Development Coordination Office tell us there is a new data portal tracking the work of UN teams to tackle COVID-19 in 162 countries and territories. The web portal http://data.uninfo.org is a public platform covering our work to respond and recover from the pandemic’s impacts, but also shows data from the health and humanitarian response led by the World Health Organization and our humanitarian colleagues.

In Latin America, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet today urged the Organization of American States (OAS) to end its impasse on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights over the Commission’s executive leadership, stressing the importance of ensuring that the Commission’s independence, autonomy and effectiveness are not undermined.

Our Human Rights colleagues have also put two other reports online. One detailing the human rights violations in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, and the other one is a human rights report from the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq.

Tomorrow morning, at about 2 a.m. New York time, the Secretary-General will deliver the 19th Darbari Seth Memorial lecture at an event organized TERI - The Energy and Resources Institute, an Indian-based global think tank focusing on a broad range of sustainable development and climate-related issues.

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