SRSG Shearer supports call for global ceasefire

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  • United Nations published this video item, entitled “SRSG Shearer supports call for global ceasefire” – below is their description.

    UNMISS Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, David Shearer backs the call by the Secretary-General for a global ceasefire in all corners of the world to focus together on the true fight – defeating COVID-19.

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