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Source: United Nations (Video News)

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


– Universal Health Coverage
– Climate
– Deputy Secretary-General/Maritime Forum
– GLOBSEC 2020 Bratislava Forum
– Joint SDG Fund
– Mali
– Varosha/Cyprus
– Syria
– COVID-19/Cameroon
– South Sudan/WFP
– Iraq
– Burkina Faso

The Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on COVID-19 and Universal Health Care Coverage was published this morning.  The report makes clear that the pandemic has shown that under-investment in health can have a devastating impact on societies and economies. The pandemic is costing the global economy $375 billion a month, with some 500 million jobs having been lost so far.  
The report adds that at least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services, and over 800 million people spend at least 10% of their household budgets to pay for health care services. 
The Secretary-General, in a video message launching the report, said that COVID-19 has shown that Universal Health Coverage, strong public health systems and emergency preparedness are essential to communities, to economies, and to everyone.  We need Universal Health Coverage, including mental health coverage, now, to strengthen efforts against the pandemic and prepare for future crises, he added.  
The report also recommends controlling further transmission of COVID-19 through proven public health measures and a coordinated global response; protecting delivery of other health services during the pandemic; ensuring that everyone, everywhere has access to future vaccines, tests and treatment; and strengthening preparedness.  

Today, the Secretary-General spoke by video message to the Daring Cities Virtual Forum: Urban Leaders and Climate Change. 
He said that we need cities to commit to net zero emissions before 2050, and a 45 per cent reduction by 2030. He also told urban leaders that they are on the frontlines of the solutions to the climate crisis and called on them to invest in climate adaptation and resilience. 
The Secretary-General also sent video remarks to the Climate Vulnerable Forum and stressed that vulnerable nations need support for adaptation and resilience as well as mitigation and should be funded equally by Multilateral Development Banks and the Green Climate Fund. 
He underscored that climate-vulnerable countries are already leaders on climate ambition and are crucial to push the biggest emitters to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and reiterated the UN’s readiness to support their ambitious action to tackle the crisis. 

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