Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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13-Nov-2020 00:19:10
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In recent days, the United Nations, including the Secretary-General, has been involved in multiple initiatives to avoid an escalation of the situation in the Buffer Strip in the Guerguerat area and to warn against violations of the ceasefire and of the serious consequences of any changes to the status quo.

The Deputy Secretary-General is in Mali for a second day.

The UN Acting Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Pramila Patten, and the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Karen Smith, have expressed deep concern over reports of escalating ethnic tensions in Ethiopia and recent military clashes in the Tigray region, in which many civilians have allegedly been killed.

The UN Refugee Agency expressed its concern about the worsening security situation in Mozambique, which we’ve been flagging. According to UN estimates, violence by armed groups in the Cabo Delgado province has uprooted at least 355,000 people since 2017.

In support of those Governments’ response efforts, the UN along with its partners are seeking US$95 million to help nearly 675,000 people in need after the series of tropical cyclones that have hit the Asia Pacific region since early October and has impacted people in the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Cambodia.

The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched today the UN COVID-19 health facility at the Nairobi Hospital, which has been built in record time, taking only four months.

A new report released today by the UN Environment Programme and its partners says that conserving 30 per cent of land in strategic locations could safeguard 500 gigatonnes of carbon stored in vegetation and soils – that’s half the world’s vulnerable terrestrial carbon stocks – and reduce the risk of extinction of nine out of 10 threatened terrestrial species.

On Tuesday, the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund, a new financial mechanism to drive billions of dollars into the sanitation sector, will be launched.

Today the Secretary-General is appointing Ms. Khalida Bouzar of Algeria as the next Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States in the United Nations Development Programme.

This week, peacekeepers in Lebanon provided personal protective equipment and medical supplies to social development centres in South-East Lebanon that will benefit 17 villages.

On Monday, the guest will be the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Mr. Munir Akram, who is also the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations.

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