In response to questions, the Secretary-General said that, very important measures are being taken here at UN Headquarters and the situation is being assessed on a daily if not hourly basis.
He also expressed his total commitment to cooperate with the authorities of the host country, as well as the state and city authorities to be a part of the efforts here in New York to keep everyone safe.
Yesterday, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) issued new guidance to help protect children and schools from the transmission of COVID-19.
The guidance provides critical considerations and practical checklists to keep schools safe, as well as advice for national and local authorities on how to adapt and implement emergency plans for schools.
The World Health Organization condemns in the strongest terms the attacks on health care that have been a hallmark of the complex humanitarian situation in Syria, which this month enters its tenth year.
A total of 494 attacks on health care workers and installations were confirmed between 2016 and 2019, of which more than two thirds, or 337 attacks, were recorded in Syria’s northwest. The data show that attacks on health in Syria peaked in 2016 and were the lowest in 2019, likely due to the reduced size of the area where active fighting has been taking place.
The total death toll on health care in Syria between 2016 and 2019 is 470.
The UN continues to be deeply concerned for the safety and protection of millions of civilians in the northwest Syria following more than three months of violence in the area.
The UN continues to scale up its response, including protection, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene. The UN sent 927 trucks in February and 1,227 in January, carrying life-saving assistance for millions of people in northwest.
The UN urges all parties to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, in line with obligations under international humanitarian law, and to ensure safe and sustained humanitarian access to people affected by the crisis.
The Security Council is holding an open meeting today on countering terrorism and extremism in Africa.
Briefing Council members was Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo. She said that, today, Africa is moving forward with its own agenda of progress, peace and prosperity.
But, she said, the continent continues to see the threat of terrorism and violent extremism, which continues to grow in some areas, despite our efforts to prevent and counter it at the national, regional and international levels.
She added that, as the Secretary-General stated, we cannot address terrorism without addressing underlying factors.
She also said that we must address poverty, weak governance, intercommunal tensions, gender inequality, youth unemployment, illicit activities such as the trafficking in weapons and people, and the use of new technologies and social media to recruit, inflame and incite.
The humanitarian situation in Mali continues to deteriorate due to escalation of violence, particularly in the northern, eastern and central regions, that’s according to the Office of Humanitarian Affairs. As of today, more than 86,000 people have been displaced in the Mopti region since 2018, bringing the number of displaced to 218,500 across Mali.
With the spread of hostilities to the centre of the country, there are about 8.7 million people, or more than 45 per cent of the country's population, who are now impacted by the crisis.
The Humanitarian Response Plan for this year targets 3.6 million and requires $390 million in funding.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
The peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic reports that the security situation in Ndélé, in the Bamingui-Bangoran prefecture continues to be tense. Heavy gunfire was reported today, after fighting between factions of the FPRC.
At least 13 combatants were killed and there is an unconfirmed number of injured. The number of civilians seeking security around a UN Mission camp has now increased to 3,000.
The Mission reports that peacekeepers are actively patrolling and securing key areas in the city and that all UN personnel are safe.
South Africa and Spain have paid up in full to the regular budget bringing the total number up to 68.