Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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30-Sep-2020 00:27:18
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General spoke at a high-level event on the ACT-Accelerator, which seeks to speed up efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the development and equitable distribution of the diagnostics, vaccines and treatments the world needs.

The Secretary-General spoke at the first Biodiversity Summit in the General Assembly Hall, where he said that we need to rebuild our relationship with nature.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General expressed his deep and personal sadness at the passing of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of Kuwait.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) says that delegations representing the Government of National Accord and the “Libyan Arab Armed Forces,” and comprising police and military officers, have concluded two days of security and military talks. Those talks were facilitated by the UN Support Mission in Libya and held in the city of Hurghada, Egypt.

The UN Peacekeeping Mission welcomed a meeting that took place earlier this week between the current President and former Central African Heads of State.

The UN Mission continues to support the country as it battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Kenya, the pandemic is impacting lives and livelihoods against a backdrop of floods, locust invasion and drought. The UN team there, led by Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee, deployed $45 million from its regular development framework, jointly agreed with the Government.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that without aid, more than 5 million people could face acute food insecurity by the end of this year due to the combined effects of flooding, the Desert Locust infestation, and the COVID-19 pandemic, among others.

The Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, Atul Khare, and the Head of the European Union Delegation to the UN, Ambassador Olof Skoog, yesterday signed an agreement to enhance cooperation and strengthen the collective response in peace operations and crisis management.

Tomorrow, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel will join representatives of theEconomic Community of West African States – ECOWAS and the African Union on a joint high-level visit to Conakry, in Guinea.

Tomorrow at 1p.m., Vassily Nebenzia, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation and President of the Security Council for the month of October, will brief on the Council’s programme of work.

Today is the International Translation Day, which is meant as an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals.

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