Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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23-Oct-2020 00:17:22
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General welcomed the signing of a ceasefire agreement by the Libyan parties, in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations. He said this is a fundamental step toward peace and stability in Libya, and he congratulated the parties for putting the interest of their nation ahead of their differences.

Tomorrow is UN Day. Our 75th UN day, in fact, which marks the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. In his message for the Day, Antonio Guterres noted that the 75th anniversary of the UN falls in the middle of a global pandemic, and that our founding mission is more critical than ever.

Tomorrow, at noon, the UN Chamber Music Society will premiere the "75 Years of Love" virtual concert. The programme will be musically representative at the regional level, as a repertoire from all five official regional groups of the UN will be featured. The songs chosen will be linked to the message of the UN’s 75th anniversary.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will join the African Union’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smaїl Chergui, on a visit to Sudan together starting tomorrow.

Also, on Sudan, our good friends at OCHA tell us that, following the unprecedented rains and floods affecting 875,000 people, a secondary health emergency is looming with more than 4.5 million people at risk of vector-borne diseases.

In South Sudan, the Humanitarian Coordinator there, Mohamed Ag Ayoya, today condemned the intimidation of aid workers in Renk in Upper Nile state.

In Somalia, as the country prepares to hold elections, James Swan, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, stressed the need to keep the political space open and allow for a diversity of voices and views to be expressed as part of the democratic process.

In Kenya, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee, is working closely with local partners to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women and girls.

A detachment of UN peacekeepers returned to the Mission’s area of operations in south Lebanon after completing more than three weeks of engineering work in Beirut in support of the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Today, Jamaica and Nauru deposited their instruments of ratification to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. As of now, 49 States have ratified the Treaty. One more is needed for the Treaty to enter into force.

Yesterday we issued a statement on Guinea, in which the Secretary-General condemned the violence that occurred following the elections on Sunday.

And on Cote d’Ivoire, which is about to hold an election, the Secretary-General said he is concerned about the tense situation, and he condemned the violence that we saw in Bonoua and Dabou, which caused several fatalities.

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