Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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12-Oct-2020 00:38:19
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a video message in which he launched World Food Week, the Secretary-General reminded us all that the systems that bring food to our tables have a profound impact on our economies, our health and the environment.

Earlier today, the Secretary-General personally introduced the proposed programme budget for 2021 to the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee, the budget committee.

Over the weekend, you saw that the Secretary-General issued a statement welcoming the agreement on a humanitarian ceasefire announced in Moscow by the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

A quick update on the travels of the Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths: He is currently on a visit to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia to meet with Yemeni and Saudi officials, including President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, as part of his efforts to advance the negotiations on the Joint Declaration.

On Libya, the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Stephanie Williams, announced over the weekend the resumption of inclusive intra-Libyan talks, based on Security Council resolution 2510.

In Syria, our humanitarian colleagues say three people reportedly died, 79 others were injured and hospitalized and as many as 25,000 people may have been displaced following dozens of recent wildfires in coastal regions of Lattakia, Tartous and Homs.

This morning, the Secretary-General addressed – via video message – the fourth meeting of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action.

On a related note, our colleagues at the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today published a report which says there has been a dramatic rise in disasters over the last 20 years, explained by a rise in climate-related disasters, including extreme weather events.

Turning to Burkina Faso, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, is in Burkina Faso today, where he is starting a week-long pre-electoral mission.

A quick note from Zimbabwe, where our colleagues there, led by Resident Coordinator Maria Ribeiro, marked the International Day of the Girl by calling for the protection of girls since they are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic compared to boys.

On a related note, yesterday was the International Day of the Girl. In his message, the Secretary-General said that this year’s commemoration takes place against the backdrop of the pandemic and resurgent movements for social justice.

Our colleagues at UNESCO announced the winners of this year’s Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Shilpa Sayura Foundation is being awarded for helping increase young women’s participation in the emerging technology sector in Sri Lanka, while the Girl Child Network of Kenya is being recognized for advancing access to quality primary school education for vulnerable children, including girls, in Kenya’s hardest-to-reach areas.

I want to flag the launch of a new study on the contribution of the UN’s human rights components to the implementation [of the mandates] of UN field missions. Titled “Going Further Together,” the study presents case studies and analyses from different peacekeeping missions.

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