United Nations chief Antonio Guterres urges govts to protect women during coronavirus lockdown

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

Australia's government says online searches for support on domestic violence have risen 75%, while in Turkey, activists are demanding greater protections after the killing of women rose sharply after a stay at home order was issued March 11.

"The global ceasefire appeal is resonating across the world", Guterres said at a virtual press briefing, Xinhua reported.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that warring parties in 11 countries have responded positively to his appeal for a global cease-fire to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, but turning words into peace is enormously hard and fighting has escalated in major conflicts including Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan. As a result, Guterres launched two funds, one for $ 2 billion to help countries affected by the virus, and another dedicated to the pandemic where he called for 10% of global GDP, 8 to 9 trillion of dollars.

Abelian sent an email with further explanation of the Pollard memo, also obtained by CBS News, which said that the world body uses up most of its reserves: "During the first three months of the year, the Secretariat has utilized most of the cash balance transferred from 2019 which has dropped from about $ 200 million to $ 50 million in early 2020".


He said parties in 11 countries have responded positively to his appeal for a global cease-fire, but turning words into peace was enormously hard and fighting has escalated in major conflicts including Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan. "It's not morally acceptable to continue with this conflict".

According to him, "a substantial number of parties to conflicts" have expressed their agreement to a cessation of hostilities, notably in "Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Colombia, Libya, Burma, the Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen".

Guterres said United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths is preparing "to convene the parties to discuss COVID-19 crisis management and a nationwide cease-fire mechanism". We want sturdy diplomatic efforts to satisfy these challenges.

"To silence the guns, we must raise the voices for peace", said Guterres.


Among areas where the ceasefire is holding is the Idlib region of Syria where a temporary truce was negotiated by Turkey and Russian Federation. "But it is essential that a permanent nationwide ceasefire take effect to allow for expansions in humanitarian access to all those suffering for the last decade".

Guterres also talked about the development regarding his ceasefire appeal in Libya and Afghanistan. "The COVID-19 storm is now coming to all these theatres of conflict".

"The virus has proven how swiftly it will probably transfer throughout borders, devastate countries and upend lives". "The worst is yet to come".

"Together, we can and must prevent violence everywhere, from war zones to people's homes, as we work to beat Covid-19", he said, as he called "for peace at home - and in homes - around the world". "We must mobilise every ounce of energy to defeat it".


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