Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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09-Oct-2020 00:19:07
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is delighted by the decision of the Nobel Committee to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the UN World Food Programme. He warmly congratulates David Beasley, WFP’s Executive Director, and the entire staff of the World Food Programme.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the second High-Level event on “Mobilizing with Africa” as part of the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

This afternoon, the Security Council will hold closed consultations on Cyprus.

We welcome the liberation of the four hostages in Mali yesterday. We wish them well as they reunite with their respective families.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today expressed alarm at the suffering of civilians as hostilities continue to widen along the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. She called for an urgent ceasefire due to the impact on civilians.

Turning to Sudan, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the devastating rains that have left more than 875,000 people in need of aid and claimed more than 150 lives since July have started to subside.

In Malawi, the UN team led by Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres Macho is supporting efforts to save lives, protect livelihoods and leave no one behind in the recovery process.

As part of ongoing efforts by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to support the fight against the virus, UNIFIL contingents donated a wide range of medical supplies to local communities in southern Lebanon.

The International Organization for Migration today called for effective global cooperation to help the at least 2.75 migrants who are stranded around the world due to COVID-19 restrictions, including border closures and nationwide lockdowns.

Today is World Post Day. In a message for the Day, the Secretary-General offered his sincere thanks to the world’s postal workers who have continued to deliver during days of trial and challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tomorrow will mark the fortieth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW) – better known as the CCW. To mark this milestone, the Secretary-General says in a message that the CCW has proven to be an effective and dynamic instrument.

Tomorrow is Mental Health Day, and in a message to mark the occasion, the Secretary-General warns that every 40 seconds, someone dies from suicide.

Turning to Burkina Faso, our humanitarian colleagues say that humanitarian needs are increasing, following a rise in intercommunal tensions inter-woven with security-related protection concerns.

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