Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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28-Sep-2020 00:19:24
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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We issued a statement yesterday on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh in which the Secretary-General said he is extremely concerned over the fresh resumption of hostilities along the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

Turning to Syria, the UN remains concerned about the spread of COVID-19 cases across Syria, considering the low level of testing and tracing masks the real scope of the pandemic.

In a statement we issued yesterday on Yemen, the Secretary-General welcomed the agreement between the parties to the Yemen conflict to release immediately 1,081 individuals who had been detained in connection with the conflict.

In a video message today to leaders who took part in the virtual Pledge for Nature, the Secretary-General said that a planetary emergency is upon us, driven by the dual threats of the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse. The Secretary-General added that we have failed to meet any of the biodiversity targets that were set in Japan ten years ago and called on countries to raise our ambition in the vital months between this week’s Biodiversity Summit and the Biodiversity COP15 next May in Kunming, China.

Turning to Lebanon, following a request from the Lebanese Armed Forces, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today deployed a detachment of multinational forces to Beirut to assist Lebanese authorities with their efforts to deal with the aftermath of the tragic 4 August explosions.

Today in Hurghada, Egypt, military and police teams from eastern and western Libya met and began security and military talks, in the framework of the ongoing 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks, with the facilitation of the UN Support Mission in Libya.

Turning to Côte d’Ivoire, at the end of a weeklong pre-electoral mission in Côte d’Ivoire, the Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, reiterated his call to all political actors to maintain their commitment to the organization of a peaceful and inclusive election in full respect for human rights.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us torrential rains have affected nearly 550,000 people in Niger.

The UN team in Zimbabwe, led by Resident Coordinator Maria Ribeiro, is supporting the new national strategy to recover better from COVID-19 for the Sustainable Development Goals. This plan targets 5.6 million people.

New data released today by UN Women and UNDP shows that most countries are not doing enough to protect women and girls from the economic and social fallout caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Today is the first International Day for Universal Access to Information, and this year, the Day focuses on to the right to information in times of crisis.

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