Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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11-Nov-2020 00:26:27
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General remains deeply concerned about attacks against journalists and media workers around the world, including in conflict zones.

Earlier today, the Deputy Secretary-General landed in Niger, the second stop of her solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel.

Martin Griffiths, the Special Envoy for Yemen, briefed the Security Council members via VTC on Yemen today. He told Council members that it is now time for the Yemeni parties to take the final decisions required to bring the negotiations on the Joint Declaration to fruition. Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, and David Beasley, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, also briefed via video. Both warned Council members about the increasing level of hunger in the country.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs remains concerned about the ongoing tensions in the Tigray region in Ethiopia and their impact on civilians.

The UN Refugee Agency is working with authorities in Sudan to help more than 7,000 refugees who fled Ethiopia in the past two days, following clashes in the Tigray region.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says nearly 73,000 people in Somalia have now been affected by flash floods.

The Secretary-General sends his condolences to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and his family, and the Government of Bahrain at the passing of Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

Earlier today, representatives from the governments of Israel and Lebanon held productive talks mediated by the United States and hosted by the United Nations Special Coordinator’s Office.

The UN team in Malawi, led by Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres, has installed an oxygen plant to generate over one million litres of oxygen a day in one of the main hospitals.

In Latin America, the pandemic has led to the biggest economic contraction in the last 100 years, with major economic, labour, social and production-related costs. That’s according to a new report by the International Labour Organization and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Yesterday, a statement was issued in which the Secretary-General said he was shocked over recent reports of massacres by non-State armed groups in several villages in northern Mozambique, including the reported beheading and kidnapping of women and children.

The Secretary-General has appointed Alice Wairimu Nderitu of Kenya as Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.

The UN Development Coordination Office said Michaela Friberg-Storey of Sweden has taken up her new post as Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan on November 1st.

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