UN / GUTERRES COVID-19 CHILDREN

16-Apr-2020 00:02:28
Launching a report on the Impact of COVID-19 on children, Secretary-General António Guterres made an appeal to "families everywhere, and leaders at all levels: protect our children." UNIFEED
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UN / GUTERRES COVID-19 CHILDREN
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 APRIL 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Aerial shot, exterior UN Headquarters

16 APRIL 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"Thankfully, children have so far been largely spared from the most severe symptoms of the disease. But their lives are being totally upended. I appeal to families everywhere, and leaders at all levels: protect our children."

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3. Aerial shot, exterior UN Headquarters

16 APRIL 2020, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“First, education. Almost all students are now out of school. Some schools are offering distance learning, but this is not available to all. Children in countries with slow and expensive Internet services are severely disadvantaged. Second, food. A staggering 310 million schoolchildren – nearly half of the world’s total – rely on school for a regular source of daily nutrition."

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

5. Aerial shot, exterior UN Headquarters

16 APRIL 2020, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“With children out of school, their communities in lockdown and a global recession biting deeper, family stress levels are rising. Children are both victims and witnesses of domestic violence and abuse. With schools closed, an important early warning mechanism is missing. There is also a danger that girls will drop out of school, leading to an increase in teenage pregnancies. And we must not ignore the growing risks children are facing as they spend more time online."

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

7. Aerial shot, exterior UN Headquarters

16 APRIL 2020, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Reduced household income will force poor families to cut back on essential health and food expenditures, particularly affecting children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. Polio vaccination campaigns have been suspended. Measles immunization campaigns have stopped in at least 23 countries. And as health services become overwhelmed, sick children are less able to access care. With the global recession gathering pace, there could be hundreds of thousands additional child deaths in 2020. These are just some of the findings of the report we are issuing today. Its conclusion is clear. We must act now on each of these threats to our children. Leaders must do everything in their power to cushion the impact of the pandemic. What started as a public health emergency has snowballed into a formidable test for the global promise to leave no one behind."
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Launching a report on the Impact of COVID-19 on children, Secretary-General António Guterres today (16 Apr) made an appeal to "families everywhere, and leaders at all levels: protect our children."

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe, Guterres noted that "almost all students are now out of school," but said that while some schools are offering distance learning, "this is not available to all" and "in countries with slow and expensive Internet services are severely disadvantaged."

He pointed out that "a staggering 310 million schoolchildren – nearly half of the world’s total – rely on school for a regular source of daily nutrition."

With children out of school, the Secretary-General said, they are "both victims and witnesses of domestic violence and abuse" and "with schools closed, an important early warning mechanism is missing."

He said there was also a danger "that girls will drop out of school, leading to an increase in teenage pregnancies. And we must not ignore the growing risks children are facing as they spend more time online."

Guterres also noted that "reduced household income will force poor families to cut back on essential health and food expenditures, particularly affecting children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers."

He said "polio vaccination campaigns have been suspended. Measles immunization campaigns have stopped in at least 23 countries. And as health services become overwhelmed, sick children are less able to access care."

With the global recession gathering pace, Guterres added, "there could be hundreds of thousands additional child deaths in 2020."

He said, "we must act now on each of these threats to our children. Leaders must do everything in their power to cushion the impact of the pandemic. What started as a public health emergency has snowballed into a formidable test for the global promise to leave no one behind."

The report urges governments and donors to prioritize education for all children. It recommends they provide economic assistance, including cash transfers, to low-income families and minimize disruptions to social and healthcare services for children.
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