Mental health services during COVID-19 & other topics – Daily Briefing (13 May 2020)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Highlights:
– Mental Health
– Deputy Secretary-Genera/COVID-19/Sustainable Development
– Lebanon
– Afghanistan
– South Sudan
– Libya
– COVID-19/Prisons
– COVID-19/Children
-Trade
– World Health Statistics
– Iraq
– Democratic Republic of the Congo
– Virtual Press Briefing Tomorrow,
– Financial Contribution

MENTAL HEALTH POLICY BRIEF 
Tonight, we will be putting out a policy brief from the Secretary-General, in which he presents a series of recommendations to ensure that mental health services are fully included in COVID-19 response and recovery plans.   
The policy brief will be released at 11pm New York time, and we will also have a video message recorded by the Secretary-General released at that same time.
DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL/COVID-19/SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
This morning, the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) met virtually to coordinate support so that countries can overcome and recover better from the pandemic. 
The Deputy Secretary-General and chair of the Group, Amina J. Mohammed,  underscored that the pandemic is a global health, humanitarian and socioeconomic emergency. 
Behind the numbers are people and families. COVID-19 placed many things on pause, and also exacerbated grave existing problems including inequality and climate change. 
“The way the UN system responds now will put our reforms in action to enable us to better address this development crisis in full emergency mode,” said the Deputy Secretary-General. 
The group members also reviewed progress in reinforcing humanitarian-development collaboration as well as consolidating the reforms launched by the Secretary-General to strengthen the UN’s support to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=13%20May%202020

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