Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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20-Oct-2020 00:20:35
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today is World Statistics Day. In his message, the Secretary-General stressed that statistics are fundamental for evidence-based policy making.

The central Sahel region is at a breaking point, that’s what the Secretary-General said in a pre-recorded video message prepared for today’s High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in that region.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, also participated in the meeting and sounded the alarm, saying that nowhere in the world worries him as much as the Sahel in the medium-term.

The Secretary-General spoke virtually to the Security Council at its meeting this morning on the Persian Gulf. He reminded members that he has appealed for an immediate global ceasefire to focus on the one true fight:  the battle against the COVID-19 virus, and the Security Council has joined this call. 

In Lebanon, we, along with our humanitarian partners are continuing to deliver assistance to those most in need following the explosions over two months ago in Beirut. 

In response to questions, the Spokesman said that the UN continues to monitor developments in the Kyrgyz Republic closely.

On the COVID front in the Kyrgyz Republic, our colleagues there from the UN country team, led by Resident Coordinator Ozonnia Ojielo, continue to work with authorities to address the impacts of the pandemic.

Ahead of a virtual donor conference this week to raise funds to help the Rohingya inside and outside Myanmar, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today stressed the need for stronger international support and a redoubling of efforts to find solutions for this stateless and displaced population.

An analysis released today by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank Group reveals that an estimated 1 in 6 children lived in extreme poverty before the pandemic, and this is set to worsen significantly.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched an international awareness campaign, highlighting the devastation of the history and identity of peoples wreaked by the illicit trade in cultural goods, which is estimated to be worth nearly $10 billion each year.

Today, the UN launched a virtual photo exhibition called #TheWorldWeWant, in advance of #UNDay, to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

Tomorrow at 1.30 p.m., there will be a virtual press briefing by Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

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