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Source: United Nations (Video News)

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

– Secretary-General/Nigeria
– Verified Pause Campaign
– Secretary-General/Asean
– Deputy Secretary-General/COVID-19
– COVID-19/Sierra Leone
– Security Council/Kosovo
– Western Sahara
– Libya
– Syria
– Southeast Asia/Floods
– Report/Mediterranean Basin
– Financial Contribution

SECRETARY-GENERAL/NIGERIA
In a statement the Secretary-General said that he is following closely developments in Nigeria and called for an end to reported police brutality and abuses. He condemns the violent escalation on 20 October in Lagos, which resulted in multiple deaths and caused many injuries. The Secretary-General expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He calls on the Nigerian authorities to investigate these incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.
The Secretary-General also urges the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protestors to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence. 
The Secretary-General encourages the authorities to swiftly explore avenues to de-escalate the situation and reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to support national efforts towards finding a solution.

VERIFIED PAUSE CAMPAIGN
The Secretary-General today launched a new global campaign calling on people to #PledgetoPause before they share content about the COVID-19 pandemic online.
In a video message, the Secretary-General said that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the wrong information can be deadly. He called on people to take the pledge to pause and help stop the spread of misinformation.
Our hope is that his message will be replicated by other leaders, influencers and concerned citizens.
This new campaign is part of Verified which, as you know, is a UN initiative launched in May to communicate accessible science-backed health information in compelling formats and share stories of global solidarity around the fight against the virus.

SECRETARY-GENERAL/ASEAN
This morning the Secretary-General spoke at the annual ministerial meeting between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations.
He said that, at this time of global challenge and uncertainty, regional partners remain indispensable allies, stressing that we need to work together to protect lives and jobs, and to keep businesses and economies afloat.
The Secretary-General thanked ASEAN for its support of his appeal for a global ceasefire and said that he looked forward to its advocacy to help end hostilities around the world, including ongoing conflicts within its region.
He also noted that, today, the second five-year ASEAN-UN Plan of Action was adopted, which has many new and expanded priority areas for our future cooperation, including the youth, peace and security agenda, cyber-security and action to prevent hate speech.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=21%20October%202020

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