Policy Brief on COVID-19 and persons with disabilities & other topics – Daily Briefing (6 May 2020)

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    Today, we released the Secretary-General’s new Policy Brief on COVID-19 and persons with disabilities.
    The brief shows that the world’s one billion people with disabilities are at greater risk of contracting the virus, developing more severe health conditions and dying from the virus.
    They also may experience barriers to implement basic protection measures such as handwashing and maintaining social distance, as they often rely on physical contact and support.
    In a video message to launch the Policy Brief, the Secretary-General emphasized that we must guarantee the equal rights of people with disabilities to access healthcare and lifesaving procedures during this pandemic.
    The Secretary-General also urges governments to place people with disabilities at the focus of COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

    This morning, in an open meeting, the Security Council heard a briefing by video conference by the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko.

    Tomorrow morning, Mark Lowcock, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, will virtually launch the updated COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan.
    You will recall that the Global Humanitarian Response Plan launched on March 25th as the primary vehicle for raising resources for the most vulnerable populations in the most fragile countries.
    Mr. Lowcock for this update will be joined by the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi; the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley; the Executive Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies, Mike Ryan; and the President and CEO of Oxfam America, Abby Maxman.
    We expect an embargoed copy of the updated Plan to be made available today. UN-accredited journalists can submit questions to members of the panel in advance through the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This event will be webcast on UN WebTV.

    Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=06%20May%202020

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