Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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09-Nov-2020 00:36:16
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General congratulates the American people for a vibrant exercise of democracy in their country’s elections last week.

The Deputy Secretary-General is in Nigeria today, as she begins a 2-week solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel.

The Secretary-General spoke by phone on Saturday with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia.
They discussed the ongoing tensions in the Tigray region. The Secretary-General expressed condolences for the recent deaths in clashes and offered his good offices.

Also on Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that we and our partners are committed to staying and delivering assistance to the more than 2 million people who need aid in the Tigray region, including internally displaced people and refugees.

Today, the Secretary-General today delivered a recorded video message at the launch of the Libya Political Dialogue Forum, which is being held in Tunisia.

This morning, the Secretary-General also addressed, by recorded video message, the opening of the Race to Zero Dialogues, convened by the COP 25 and COP 26 High-Level Champions for Global Climate Action, Gonzalo Muñoz and Nigel Topping.

On Côte d’Ivoire, the Secretary-General takes note of the announcement by the Constitutional Council on 9 November, that’s today, of the final result of the 31 October presidential elections, confirming that President Alassane Ouattara won with 94.27 per cent of the vote.

A distressing announcement from our colleagues at UNRWA: The Commissioner-General for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, Philippe Lazzarini, announced that the Agency has run out of money as of today to pay for the salaries of 28,000 UNRWA staff for November. The Agency needs to raise $70 million by the end of the month if it is to pay full salaries for the months of November and December.

A quick note from the Philippines: The Humanitarian Country Team today launched a $45.5 million plan to help 260,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by Super Typhoon Goni, which is known locally in the Philippines as Rolly.

Also on storms, in Honduras, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) there said that women and girls in the country are at high risk in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta. More than 400,000 women have been directly impacted by the widespread destruction and are now left without access to essential health services.

We end on good news, this one on the budget. Eritrea is the latest Member State to pay its budget dues in full, bringing us up to 133.

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