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In Guinea-Bissau, dialogues about the UN, an initiative launched by the Secretary-General in January this year as part of the Organization's 75th anniversary, begin on July 2 at 10 am, via the internet and from the auditorium of the Lusophone University

An impromptu memorial for George Floyd, who was killed after being restrained by police, has been set up in Harlem, New York City.

A group of more than twenty senior leaders in the UN, who report directly to Secretary-General António Guterres, and who are African or of African descent, have put their names to a personal and hard-hitting statement published on Friday, expressing their outrage at pervasive and systemic racism, highlighting the need to ‘go beyond and do more’ than just offering condemnation.

On 10 June, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau, Rosine Sori-Coulibaly met online with a group of 22 Civil society organizations (CSOs) representing the most important civil society networks, including women and youth.

Hundreds of people congregate every day in the crowded market of Bissau, making social distancing, a major prevention measure against the COVID-19, virtually impossible. To tackle this problem, the authorities decided to establish a new space in the capital’s “Green Area”, Ajuda neighborhood.

Indira Correia Balde, after winning the elections for chairmanship of journalists union in 2018

To mark World Press Freedom of the Day, the Union of Journalists and Media Technicians of Guinea-Bissau (SINJOTECS) recalled that journalists are at the forefront of combating the pandemic and asked the State to consider creating a mechanism for support to the media sector to be entered in the State budget.

Yesterday, 24 April, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in a statement released by his spokesman, “took note” of the decision by the Authority of Heads of State and Community Government Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), on April 22, recognizing Úmaro Sissoco Embaló as the winner of the December 2019 presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau.

The socioeconomic impact of the new coronavirus pandemic is already being felt worldwide, including Guinea-Bissau, due to the preventive measures adopted by governments and the very limitations of the countries' production caused by the disease.

In the context of the support to the country’s response to COVID-19, which include a series of activities from strengthening the country’s health system to communication, the UN in Guinea-Bissau used resources from the Peacebuilding Fund to support the development of a fact-checking website that helps citizens of Guinea-Bissau to be informed with credible information.

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