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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Highlights:
-COVID-19/South-East Asia
- Syria
- Iraq
- Latin America
- Nigeria
- Refugees
- Somalia
- Bangladesh
- Senior Personnel Appointment
- Briefing Tomorrow

COVID-19/SOUTHEAST ASIA
Just after midnight, the Secretary-General’s Policy Brief examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South-East Asia will be launched, looking at how governments have acted swiftly to battle the pandemic and avoid its worst effects.
It will also spotlight how COVID-19 has highlighted deep inequalities, shortfalls in governance and the imperative for a sustainable development pathway.

SYRIA
Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefed the Security Council this morning on Syria. He told Council members that the Syrian economy, devastated by nearly a decade of conflict, has entered a period of extreme fragility. For the year as a whole, he said, the economy is expected to contract by more than 7 per cent.
He warned that food prices are 240 per cent higher than in June last year, so families across the country can no longer afford the very basics. Some 9.3 million people are food insecure, he said, while more than two million more are at risk of becoming food insecure.
Mr. Lowcock added that the ceasefire reached in March in the north-west between the Russian Federation and Turkey is largely holding, but some air and ground-based strikes have been reported in recent weeks.
The Humanitarian Response Plan for Syria, with a funding requirement of $3.4 billion in 2020, is 32 per cent funded halfway through the year.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=29%20July%202020

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