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Source: United Nations (Video News)

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

Highlights:
– Deputy Secretary-General – Climate
– Israel/Lebanon
– AzerbaijanArmenia
– Mali
– Libya
– Myanmar/Children
– COVID-19/Dominican Republic
– Tuberculosis
– Kyrgyz Republic
– Noon Briefing Guests Today
– Financial Contribution

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL – CLIMATE 
This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed spoke virtually at the Green Climate Fund Private Investment for Climate Conference. 
She said we are entering a new era of climate disruption and we need all hands-on deck now to tackle this crisis. 
Ms. Mohammed said we must prioritize investments that contribute to a low-carbon, climate-resilient recovery.  She called on governments to set a long-term vision by aligning their pandemic recovery plans with their national climate commitments. 
She also called on businesses to embed climate risks in their decision-making and align their portfolios with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. 
Ms. Mohammed also noted that scaling up financing for adaptation and resilience will be essential to protect people and stressed that the work of the Green Climate Fund is needed now more than ever as we accelerate the decarbonization of the global economy. 

ISRAEL/LEBANON  
Representatives from the governments of Israel, Lebanon, and the United States met on October 14, that is today, to launch discussions aimed at reaching consensus on a common Israel-Lebanon maritime boundary.  The negotiations were mediated and facilitated by the U.S. team, led by Assistant Secretary of State David Schenker and Ambassador John Desrocher. The discussions were hosted by the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Jan Kubis.
During this initial meeting, the representatives held productive talks and reaffirmed their commitment to continue negotiations later this month.  

AZERBAIJANARMENIA
According to the World Health Organization, continued hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan will cause direct disruption to healthcare and a further burden on health systems that are already stretched due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both countries have seen recent increases in COVID-19 transmission. As of October 11th, Armenia’s newly reported cases have doubled over the last 14 days. In Azerbaijan new cases have increased by approximately 80% over the past week.
WHO stressed that COVID-19 does not respect borders or lines and that escalations in military conflict will create the environment for the virus to spread. 
This is yet another clear example of why the Secretary-General’s call for a global cease fire needs to be respected. As he has said often, as long as humans keep fighting other humans, the only winner will be the COVID-19 virus. 
We once again call for the parties to respect the humanitarian cease fire and engage in with the Minsk Group co-chairs on meaningful discussions. 
The UN teams in Armenia and Azerbaijan, continue supporting the COVID-19 response in both countries to save lives and livelihoods impacted by the pandemic. WHO is also expanding its operations to respond to increased health needs that continued hostilities will inevitably incur.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=14%20October%202020

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