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(Part 2/2) Virtual Arria meeting on “End Unilateral Coercive Measures Now”
26 Nov 2020 -  Unilateral Coercive Measures (UCMs) usually refer to one State's economic measures to compel changes in the policy of another State.
Examples of such measures include trade sanctions in the form of embargoes and the interruption of financial and investment flows between senders and target countries. UCMs are contrary to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and international law, and severely hamper the economic development and health capacity of affected countries. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, their negative influences have drawn more attention and concerns from Member States ever.
The Arria meeting allows hearing from first-hand information about the impact of UCMs on the suffering peoples and societies, and gives an opportunity to reiterate the necessity of ending UCMs now.

BRIEFERS:
- Ms. Alena Douhan, UN Special Rapporteur on the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights
- Mr. Fermín Quiñones, President of the United Nations Cuban Association
- Mr. Khaled Erksoussi, the Secretary General of the Syrian Red Crescent
- Dr. Nhamo Mhiripiri, Associate Professor & Chair person, Society Studies Department, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe.

[Extract from the organizer's concept note]