Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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21-Oct-2020 00:18:55
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement the Secretary-General said that he is following closely developments in Nigeria and called for an end to reported police brutality and abuses.

The Secretary-General today launched a new global campaign calling on people to #PledgetoPause before they share content about the COVID-19 pandemic online.

This morning the Secretary-General spoke at the annual ministerial meeting between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, this morning delivered remarks at an event on investing in COVID-19 vaccines and primary healthcare delivery systems.

In Sierra Leone, where schools reopened this month after being closed for six months, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Babatunde Ahonsi, is supporting the national school feeding programme targeting 330,000 children in 11 districts.

This morning, the Security Council held a virtual meeting on the situation in Kosovo.

The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) says that, as of this morning, it observed some 50 people, including men, women and children, present in the buffer strip at Guerguerat. They were blocking the traffic that passes through the area.

The Acting Special Representative for Libya, Stephanie Williams, briefed the press in Geneva following the first two days of face-to-face direct talks between the two Libyan delegations to the 5+5 Joint Military Commission.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that hostilities in northwest Syria continue almost daily despite the 5 March ceasefire agreement, while across the country, civilian casualties continue to be reported.

In Southeast Asia, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that heavy rains have caused severe and widespread flooding and landslides in Vietnam, Cambodia and parts of Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Thailand since the beginning of this month.

A report today released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warns that rising inequality, biodiversity loss, the growing impact of climate change and unrelenting pressure on natural resources could lead to irreversible environmental damage in the Mediterranean basin.

We end with some good money news. Our thanks go to our friends in Belarus and Chile, as both Member States have paid their regular budget dues for 2020. That’s 130 nations that have paid in full so far this year.

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