'Pause': Misinformation Campaign & other topics – Daily Briefing (29 June 2020)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
Highlights:
– Pause/Misinformation Campaign
– Financing For Development
– Yemen
– Syria
– Secretary-General/Global Goal
– COVID-19/ Peacekeeping
– COVID-19/ Timor-Leste
– COVID-19/World Food Programme

PAUSE/MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN On 30 June, the UN will launch a new initiative to help stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation online. The campaign, named Pause, asks internet users to take time to think about what they share before posting it online. From the stigmatization of health workers to people’s refusal to follow healthcare advice, the consequences are real and deadly, so the UN is asking people everywhere to take action directly, to Pause, to help control the spread of misinformation.

FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT I want to flag that the Secretary-General is convening a series of roundtables focused on Financing for Development. The first roundtable will be this Wednesday – with renowned women economists, policy leaders and academics. They will share their insights and knowledge about what we can do to recover better and get on track to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. This is following on from the High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond, which as you all recall was co-hosted by the Secretary-General, as well as the Prime Ministers of Jamaica and Canada. The roundtables will continue the discussion on debt, external finance, international trade and the need to engage new and diverse perspectives, to rethink old models, and to recover from the pandemic stronger than before.

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

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