Youth & other topics – Daily Briefing (15 July 2020)

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


– Youth
– Sustainable Development
– Security Council
– Syria
– Bangladesh
– COVID-19/Peacekeeping
– COVID-19/Zambia/Bahrain
– Vaccines
– Child Immunizations
– Venezuela
– World Youth Skills Day
– Artificial Intelligence

This morning, the Secretary-General took part in the 9th session of the United Nations’ Coping with COVID webinar series, convened by his Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake. The Secretary-General said the pandemic has highlighted the fragility of our societies and the need to build back better. He also stressed that youth have a key role in helping to imagine a better future for everyone, one that is more sustainable and more inclusive. He also stressed the UN’s work to ensure that the world moves to implement universal health care, and that mental health is given the priority it deserves. The Secretary-General also heard young people’s experiences and feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, sadness and grief due to the impacts of the virus, as well as their solutions for how to deal with the pandemic.

Also this morning, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development continues. The members heard from regional representatives on their findings and recommendations to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. This was followed by presentations from Estonia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Austria, Seychelles, and the Syrian Arab Republic, all on their Voluntary National Reviews. And this afternoon there will presentations from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; Mozambique, as well as Papua New Guinea.

Full Highlights:

In This Story: Covid-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

  • USA approaches 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 | ABC News
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  • Coronavirus: Police in Ontario break up large crowd defying COVID-19 restrictions
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