COVID-19 and the World Refugee Day: Invitation to WHO Virtual Press Conference – 19 June

COVID-19 and the World Refugee Day: Invitation to WHO Virtual Press Conference – 19 June

Release Date: 19 June 2020


Dear Journalists,

WHO Department of Communications invites you to a Virtual Press Conference. 

Subject: COVID-19 and the World Refugee Day

Date: 19 June 2020

17:00 Geneva time and we will update time if necessary 

In the lead up to World Refugee Day on 20 June, Dr Tedros will be joined by Mr Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

They will be joined via zoom by:

  • Mr Chuol Puok Jock, currently leading COVID-19 response in Gambella region, Ethiopia
  • Dr Iman Shankiti, WHO representative in Lebanon

Join the Virtual Press Conference:

Password: TG1F!2020

Please ensure you enter your name and media outlet (use name/outlet) We are now using a waiting room prior to the meeting commencing; when you sign in you will be automatically put in the meeting room.

Kindly note, only questions from media (one per journalist) will be allowed during the press conference. In addition, if the capacity of the room is reached, individuals who are not named correctly might need to make room for registered journalists. Therefore, please ensure that you are named correctly with your name and media outlet. In addition, WHO reserves the right to remove any participant whose behaviour causes any disruption or interruption to the proceedings. If the capacity of the room is reached, or for any other reason you are not able to access the zoom meeting, kindly note that the event is also broadcast on WHO social media channels and you can follow it there.

Please note that we receive a large volume of questions and will answer as many as we can during the time allowed.  

To ask a question, please click "raise hand" and this will enter you into the queue for questions. (it can be found under the tab: participants) 

Please make sure you have a microphone connected or active on your computer. Please do not ask questions via the chat as we can not guarantee that we will see them and be able to incorporate them into the q&a session. 

WHO is now offering interpretation in various languages for our Virtual Press Conferences, choices are under "interpretation" or "language interpretation" depending on which version of Zoom application you are using.

To join by phone, find your local number, in whatever country you are located, by clicking on the link:

Webinar ID: 991 6316 8923

Password: 822070

Please note that due to the volume of questions we receive during the press conference, we are no longer able to take questions from phone callers. You will also not be able to hear interpretation on the telephone. If you want to ask a question, please join through above ways of accessing. 

Global Trends Report on Forced Displacement

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, released on 18 June its annual Global Trends Report on Forced Displacement ( The report shows that 79.5 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2019. That is 1 per cent of humanity or 1 in every 97 people on earth. Some 11 million people were newly displaced in the course of last year – fleeing wars, violence or persecution. Overwhelmingly it is low- and middle-income countries that are most affected.

This morning, on the eve of the World Refugee Day (20 June), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has issued this statement:

Additional resources:

Contact for the press conference: Tarik Jašarević,,  +41 793 676 214

Best Regards,
WHO Media Team

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