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Briefing on the Implementation of Resolution 2532 on COVID-19

On Monday (25 January), Security Council members will hold a briefing through videoconference (VTC) on the implementation of resolution 2532, which demanded a cessation of hostilities in all situations on the Council’s agenda to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Council members are expected to hear briefings from Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, and Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support Atul Khare.

This month’s Council president Tunisia, which has proposed Monday’s session, was a co-penholder with France on resolution 2532, which was adopted last July to support the Secretary-General’s 23 March 2020 global ceasefire appeal to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the resolution, the Secretary-General should provide updates “on the UN efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic in countries in situations of armed conflict or affected by humanitarian crises, as well as on the impact of COVID-19 on the ability of peace-keeping operations and Special Political Missions to deliver their mandated priority tasks”. Council members previously held a briefing on 9 September 2020 to be updated on the implementation of resolution 2532, hearing briefings from DiCarlo, Lacroix and Lowcock.

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