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

15 Oct

In Nigeria, the World Food Programme today warned that it might cut food aid as early as next month to more than 500,000 people in the north‑east unless it receives at least $55 million in urgent funding.  The cuts come as severe hunger reaches a five-year high due to years of conflict and worsened by COVID-19.

Addressing Root Causes of Conflict Vital for Sustaining Peace as COVID-19 Reverses Peacebuilding Gains, Facilitates Intolerance, Speakers Warn Security Council

12 Oct

Warning that the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed peacebuilding gains and enabled intolerance and extremism to take hold, speakers told the Security Council in an open debate today that sustainable peace can only be ensured when the root causes of conflict, such as divides fuelled by inequity and difference, are addressed.

International Monetary Fund’s Strategy for Fragile, Conflict Affected States Recovering from Pandemic ‘A Critical Step’, Secretary-General Tells Meeting

11 Oct

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the event hosted by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on “COVID‑19 and Fragile States — Promoting Resilient Recovery for the Most Vulnerable Communities”, today:

Deputy Secretary-General, at First Global Parliamentary Meeting for Sustainable Development, Praises Government Action to Protect Public Health amid COVID-19

28 Sep

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the First Global Parliamentary Meeting on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):  “Turning the challenges of the COVID‑19 pandemic into opportunities for parliaments to achieve the SDGs”, today:

Deputy Secretary-General, at Third Africa Industrial Development Decade Event, Urges Solutions to Strengthen Continent’s Health Systems, Self-Reliance on Pharmaceuticals

28 Sep

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the fourth High‑level Event on the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III) “Strengthening Africa’s Pharmaceutical Industry – learning the lessons from COVID-19”, today:

‘Global Vaccination Is Not Philanthropy’, But Self-Interest, Secretary-General Tells COVID-19 Summit, Calling for Worldwide Production, Distribution Plan

22 Sep

Following are Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the United States-hosted global COVID-19 summit, “Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better Health Security to Prepare for the Next”, held today:

Weighing Global Impact of COVID-19 across Myriad Sectors, Economic and Social Council Adopts Texts on HIV/AIDS response, Crime Prevention, Technology for Development

22 Jul

The Economic and Social Council continued its 2021 Management Segment today, adopting 12 resolutions, nine decisions and three recommendations — as well as several texts to be forwarded to the General Assembly — recommended by subsidiary bodies working on issues ranging from the global HIV/AIDS response to crime prevention to science and technology for development, much of which was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fair, Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines of Utmost Urgency, Under-Secretary-General Stresses at Economic and Social Council Integration Segment

2 Jul

As the COVID-19 crisis has pushed between 119 and 124 million people into extreme poverty, Governments around the world must enact policies that are coherent, inclusive and informed by high-quality data as they emerge from the pandemic and refocus their sights on achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, speakers in the Economic and Social Council integration segment stressed today.