Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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28-Oct-2020 00:27:42
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is very encouraged by President Moon Jae-in’s announcement of the Republic of Korea’s commitment to get to net zero emissions by 2050.

Yesterday afternoon, the Secretary-General spoke to the Nordic Council, via a live video link, saying that a new, effective multilateralism is needed to provide global governance on issues that concern us all including the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will be on a “virtual trip” to Colombia today and tomorrow.

As the Secretary-General has stated unequivocally, we strongly condemn all attacks on populated areas impacted by the conflict, including the strikes on the city of Barda, which reportedly killed and wounded many, as well as the ongoing reported shelling of Stepanakert/Khankendi and other localities in the Nagorno-Karabakh zone of conflict.

In Syria, the United Nations conducted a one-day inter-agency visit to Idlib governorate in the north-west of the country.

Regarding Pakistan, we strongly condemn the attack on a religious school in Peshawar yesterday that reportedly killed at least eight students and injured more than a hundred people, some of whom were children and teachers.

Our humanitarian colleagues in Somalia report that 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance through 2021, due to the impact of the recurrent climatic shocks, armed conflict and insecurity and displacement amid the pandemic.

In Cabo Verde, our Resident Coordinator Ana Patrícia Graça is leading the UN team in supporting the Government’s response to the pandemic. Our team has reprogrammed $17 million of funds previously geared for work on sustainable development.

A new report by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) warns that unless efforts to restore the world’s forests are scaled up, we will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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