COVID-19 ‘Profoundly Affecting Peace across the Globe’, Says Secretary-General, in Address to Security Council

2 Jul

The COVID-19 pandemic is “profoundly affecting” peace and security across the globe, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council in a 2 July videoconference debate, pressing the Chamber to use its collective influence to protect the millions of people affected by conflict and already facing acute vulnerabilities.

Security Council Underlines Support for Secretary-General’s Global Ceasefire Appeal, Fight against COVID-19, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2532 (2020)

1 Jul

The Security Council, in a 1 July videoconference meeting, announced its decision to adopt a resolution expressing its support for the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire, which he issued in March to help unite efforts to fight COVID-19 in the most vulnerable countries.

With Deteriorating Economy, Record-Level Food Insecurity, Syria’s People at ‘a Breaking Point’, Humanitarian Chief Tells Security Council

29 Jun

Experts briefing the Security Council during a 29 June videoconference meeting warned that cases of COVID-19 are likely to spread “like wildfire” amid Syria’s displaced millions — already suffering from hunger, spiking food prices and a health system decimated by war — while urging members to promptly renew the country’s crucial cross-border aid mechanism amid the pandemic.