Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

18 Sep

The Human Rights Council held an urgent debate on conditions in Belarus, with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement, noting the continuation of mass demonstrations and expressing alarm over hundreds of claims of torture and ill treatment while in police custody.  She urged authorities to facilitate independent, prompt and impartial investigations.

Time to Press for Lasting Political Solution in Syria, Easing Its People’s Suffering amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Special Envoy Tells Security Council

18 Sep

With relative calm prevailing in Syria and the need to alleviate the suffering of its people all the more urgent amid the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to press ahead towards a lasting political settlement, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy told the Security Council during an 18 September videoconference meeting.

Amid Rising COVID-19 Infection Rates, Medical Supply Shortages in Syria, More Testing Key to Gauging Extent of Outbreak, Humanitarian Chief Tells Security Council

16 Sep

While the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Syria currently stands at 3,618, reports from inside the country are pointing to a much broader spread of the disease, and it will not be possible to gauge the extent of the outbreak without more laboratory testing nationwide, Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the Security Council during a videoconference meeting on 16 September.

General Assembly Hears Calls for More Multilateral Cooperation, Information Sharing to Defeat COVID-19, as Speakers Explain Their Votes on Global Health Threats Text

14 Sep

The General Assembly convened today to hold the first meeting of its thirty-first special session on the COVID-19 pandemic, adopting one decision — and taking note of six others recently approved through the organ’s temporary silence procedure — related to the session’s leadership and other modalities.

General Assembly Adopts Omnibus Resolution Calling for Holistic COVID-19 Response, among 3 Passed on Global Health Threats, Malaria

11 Sep

The General Assembly adopted two resolutions today on the global response to COVID-19, nearly six months after the novel coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), alongside a third resolution on the fight against malaria under way in Africa.

Development Banks Play Important Role in COVID-19 Recovery, Supporting Public Goods, Financial Inclusion, Secretary-General Message Stresses

9 Sep

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Conference of Development Banks:  “From Pandemic to Recovery”, in New York today:

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing and exacerbating social, economic and infrastructural inequalities and challenges.

Development banks can play a significant role in supporting the pandemic response and recovery — by providing financing for infrastructure and other public goods and by promoting financial inclusion.

Deputy Secretary-General Welcomes Finance Ministers’ Feedback on Global Call to Action for Sustainable, Inclusive COVID-19 Recovery Plan

8 Sep

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s introductory remarks at the high-level meeting of Ministers of Finance: “Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond”, in New York today:

Commending Finance Ministers’ Proposals to Recover Better from COVID-19 Crisis, Deputy Secretary-General Says Bold Ideas Can Keep Families, Economy Afloat

8 Sep

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s closing remarks at the high-level meeting of Ministers of Finance: “Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond”, in New York today:

Reskill Young People for Green Jobs, Address COVID-19 Crisis through Fiscal Action, Secretary-General Stresses at ‘Rebirthing the Global Economy’ Round Table

3 Sep

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ opening video message to round table two, “Insights from Young Women Economists on Jobs and Climate Action”, of the “Rebirthing the Global Economy to Deliver Sustainable Development” round-table series, in New York today: