Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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15-Sep-2020 00:22:58
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This afternoon, the Secretary-General Mr. Guterres will speak in person at the closing session of the 74th General Assembly. He will also speak at the first plenary meeting of the 75th session of the General Assembly. Tomorrow, at noon, the Secretary-General will brief the press on the start of the 75th session. That press conference will replace the Spokesman’s noon briefing.

In response to a question about Cameroon, the Spokesman said that the Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide bombing last week in the border village of Zeleved in the Far North region of the country.

Martin Griffiths, the Special Envoy for Yemen, briefed Security Council members via videoconference this morning, and he told them that increased fighting, greater humanitarian needs, and the COVID-19 pandemic are still taking their toll on the country.

Yesterday, 36 people were rescued by a ship from the UN Interim Force in Lebanon Maritime Task Force. They were transferred to the Lebanese Armed Forces Beirut Naval Base.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that yesterday, unknown armed men reportedly attacked a Turkish Red Crescent vehicle near the al-Bab town in the northern part of Aleppo governorate in Syria, killing an aid worker and wounding another.

A joint statement was issued earlier this morning by the Secretary-General and the Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, Stanislav V. Zas. They jointly welcomed the steady progress and positive dynamic in the strengthening of relations between the Secretariats of the two Organizations in the 10 years since the signing of a Joint Declaration on Cooperation.

A record 13.4 million people in Burkina Faso, Mali and western Niger need humanitarian assistance and protection this year, as complex and fast-growing crises continue to cause record levels of suffering in the Central Sahel region.

The UN and international partners welcome the resumption of dialogue between the Federal Government and the five Federal Member States of Somalia.

The UN team in Timor-Leste, led by Resident Coordinator Roy Trivedy, has mobilized $18 million to respond to COVID-19 and has provided essential medical supplies, including 180,000 masks and 100,000 items of personal protection equipment, that was done through the World Health Organization.

The World Food Programme has signed an agreement with the Government in Rakhine State to provide short-term food aid at quarantine centres in eight townships.

The UN Refugee Agency said today that it is stepping up its support to help 11,000 asylum seekers who are without adequate shelter, after the Moria Reception and Identification Centre burned down last week on the island of Lesvos, Greece.

Today, the Fashion Industry Charter, convened by the UN Climate Change secretariat, released a Playbook to help businesses in the fashion industry take climate action.

The World Tourism Organization said today that international tourist arrivals dropped by 65 per cent during the first half of the year. This represents an unprecedented decrease, as countries around the world closed their borders and introduced travel restrictions in response to the pandemic.

Today is the International Day of Democracy. In a message for the Day, the Secretary-General said that as the world confronts COVID-19, democracy is crucial in ensuring the free flow of information, participation in decision-making and accountability for the response to the pandemic.

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