Forced displacement affects more than 1% of humanity & other topics – Daily Briefing (18 June 2020)

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

Highlights:

– COVID-19/Policy Brief on the World of Work
– Refugee Day
– Refugees Global Trends
– Security Council
– Sahel
– Yemen
– Zambia
– Children
– Afghanistan
– Personnel Announcement

COVID-19/POLICY BRIEF ON THE WORLD OF WORK
Just after midnight, the Secretary-General will release a Policy Brief on the World of Work and COVID-19. The brief will look at issues such as the dramatic effect that the pandemic is having on the jobs, livelihoods and well-being of workers and their families, as well as on businesses worldwide. 
A video message by the Secretary-General regarding this issue will also be made available. 

REFUGEE DAY
Ahead of World Refugee Day this Saturday, the Secretary-General reiterates his commitment to do everything to end the conflict and persecution that drive appalling numbers of refugees. Nearly 80 million women, children, and men around the world have been forced from their homes as refugees or internally displaced people, including 10 million people this past year alone.  
He also recognizes the generosity and humanity of host communities and countries that often struggle with their own economic and security concerns. We owe these countries our thanks, our support and our investment, says the Secretary-General in a message for the Day. 
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic poses an additional threat to refugees and displaced people, who are among the most vulnerable. Refugees and displaced people are also prominent among those who are stepping up to make a difference on the frontlines of the response, adds the Secretary-General. Today and every day, we stand in unity and solidarity with refugees and recognize our fundamental obligation to shelter those fleeing war and persecution, he says. 

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=18%20June%202020

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