Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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06-Nov-2020 00:11:56
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement on Myanmar, the Secretary-General said that he will follow the upcoming general elections on 8 November.

The Secretary-General this morning began a virtual meeting of the Chief Executives Board, the body that brings together the heads of the UN system organizations. The purpose of this session is to reflect on the main characteristics of a post-pandemic world and brainstorm on possible key elements of a Common Agenda report that the Secretary-General has been asked to submit to the General Assembly.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today called on all relevant actors in Ethiopia to de-escalate the volatile situation in the Tigray region and to engage in an inclusive dialogue to resolve grievances without resorting to violence.

I have been asked about the indictments in Kosovo, and I can say that we have noted the reports of the confirmation by the Kosovo Specialist Chambers of indictments against President Hashim Thaçi and other individuals in Kosovo on charges filed by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, and the President’s subsequent resignation. Continued respect for due process and full cooperation with the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office and the Kosovo Specialist Chambers is essential.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today issued an urgent call to action to avert major measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 continues to disrupt immunization services worldwide.

In Kenya, our UN team there, led by Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee, is working – despite the COVID-19 pandemic – to help refugees and host communities in Turkana County in the country’s northwest.

A new report by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that four countries have areas that could soon slip into famine if conditions continue to deteriorate. The countries are Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today that around 400 migrants have been intercepted or rescued off the coast of Mauritania since mid-October.

Today is the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. In his message, the Secretary-General said that while climate disruption and environmental degradation are not the direct cause of conflict, they can worsen conflict risks.

Starting Monday, the High-Level Champions for Global Climate Action, Nigel Topping from the UK and Gonzalo Muñoz from Chile, are convening the Race to Zero Dialogues.

The Department of Global Communications is launching a campaign to empower kids to take climate action and protect the planet. The Climate Action Superheroes campaign, launching on UN social media platforms tomorrow, targets kids under the age of twelve as agents of change. Eight superheroes – the Energy Expert, Fashion Fixer, Fume Fighter Green Guide, Recycle Ranger, Truth Talker, Veggie Vindicator and Water Wizard – will engage children, and parents, in fun missions on topics such as reducing single-use plastic, saving energy and water, fixing and reusing clothes, eating more vegetables, and sharing scientific facts.

On Monday, at around 12:30 p.m., there will be a virtual press briefing on the 15th Internet Governance Forum, under the theme, “Internet for Human Resilience and Solidarity.” Speakers will include Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, along with Wai Min Kwok, Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer and Chengetai Masango, Programme Management Officer in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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