Virtual Noon Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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21-May-2020 00:23:42
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, the 76th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific was held in a virtual setting.

This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General and the head of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, jointly held a virtual conference with the UN’s Resident Coordinators who are leading our response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 162 countries and territories.

Tomorrow, the Deputy-Secretary-General will be available to brief you, in an embargoed briefing, on the High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond.

To mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, the BBC is hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Conversation with the UN on LinkedIn.

The annual report of the Secretary-General on the protection of civilians in armed conflict has been released.

Today the UN launched ‘Verified’, an initiative to combat the growing scourge of COVID-19 misinformation by increasing the volume and reach of trusted, accurate information.

As part of the Operational Activities Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which is under way virtually, Member States had a dialogue with UN Resident Coordinators and members of UN country teams in six countries: Armenia, China, Haiti, Seychelles, Uruguay and Yemen.

The Security Council held a meeting on Somalia over videoconference today.

Some updates from the field: our colleagues in the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic continues to support the Government in its efforts to secure the city of Ndélé.

In Syria today, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, Imran Riza, announced the release of $23 million by the Syria Humanitarian Fund to provide rapid, life-saving support to communities across Syria to fight the pandemic.

Turning to Yemen, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that COVID-19 is making the humanitarian crisis in the country much worse, which was already the world’s largest.

UN peacekeepers in Lebanon report to us that they are continuing to support the COVID-19 response in the mission area.

And an update on Cyclone Amphan, which recently made landfall between India and Bangladesh: Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the storm has damaged houses and crops in Bangladesh. Power has been cut off to cities and towns, many of which are working to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) are calling on Malta and other European States to disembark some 160 rescued migrants and refugees who remain at sea on board two Captain Morgan vessels.

Earlier today, on a related note, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNHCR signed an agreement to strengthen public health services for the millions of forcibly displaced people around the world.

WHO, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and 140 national academies of science, engineering and medicine have developed a guide to help youth between the ages of 8 and 17 to better understand COVID-19.

Yesterday afternoon, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, briefed Security Council members on the situation in Venezuela.

Today is the first International Tea Day, which is promoting collective action in favor of the sustainable production and consumption of tea and raising awareness of its importance in fighting hunger and poverty.

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