Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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24-Sep-2020 00:28:10
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the Security Council’s open video teleconference on global governance, post-COVID-19. The Secretary-General said that the pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation, a test that we have essentially failed. He attributed this to a lack of global preparedness, cooperation, unity and solidarity.

Moments ago, the Secretary-General spoke at the High-Level Roundtable on Climate Ambition. He said that the damage to people and the environment due to climate disruption is immense and growing, and we must urgently reverse course.

This morning, the Secretary-General also spoke in another meeting, but this time by video message, at a side event on the Gender Dimensions of the Death Penalty. He stressed that the United Nations advocates for every country, in all circumstances, to abolish this cruel punishment.

Today is World Maritime Day. In his message issued yesterday afternoon, the Secretary-General says that the pandemic has highlighted the professionalism and sacrifice of nearly two million seafarers who serve on the world’s merchant fleet.

In Yemen, the UN remains concerned about the increased risk of famine, as the lack of funding is crippling humanitarian operations in the country.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic reports that, yesterday, the National Assembly concluded its third special session of 2020.

Recent fighting between Afghan National Security Forces and non-state armed groups continues across the country with increased displacement in several provinces.

In the Philippines, the UN team continues its efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, today condemned the killing of online news journalist Jobert Bercasio in the centre of The Philippines.

UNHCR is calling for urgent action to improve conditions and to ensure humane solutions for asylum seekers in reception centres in the Greek Aegean islands, including in the new emergency site on Lesvos.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) appointed Nigerian musician and leading Afro-pop star Yemi Alade as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador.

Gina Casar of Mexico was appointed as Senior Advisor for Workplace Culture at the World Food Programme, at the Assistant Secretary-General level.

The Spokesman said we are all devastated by the sudden passing of our longtime friend and colleague, Reynaldo Naval, who we all knew as Rey.  

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