Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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16-Nov-2020 00:22:39
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke to the Executive Board of the World Food Programme (WFP). He once again congratulated the colleagues on their Nobel Peace Prize, adding that he witnessed their commitment to deliver lifesaving assistance in the most remote locations, in the most dangerous situations and the most challenging contexts.

Also this morning, the Secretary-General participated in the third annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum. He said that the UN has been working to save lives, control transmissions of the virus and ease the fallout. He added that we are advocating a massive rescue package for the world’s most vulnerable people and countries.

The Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed is concluding her visit to Ghana today, where she had a series of meetings with authorities, development partners, UN colleagues and civil society organizations.

Turning to Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues tell us they are alarmed by the escalating conflict in the north.

From the Philippines, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that 67 people have lost their lives, 21 people are reported injured and 13 are missing following Typhoon Vamco, which hit the main island of Luzon late last week.

In Central America, people are bracing for another potentially catastrophic storm, named Iota, just two weeks after Hurricane Eta made landfall in the region causing death and destruction.

The Secretary-General is following with concern recent developments in Peru. He urges all stakeholders to work towards a prompt and institutional solution to the current political crisis and challenges facing the country, through inclusive dialogue with full respect for the rule of law.

This morning, here, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, briefed the Security Council during a session on the G5 Sahel, and he did so by videoconference. He said that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, counterterrorism efforts in the Sahel have intensified.

Nickolay Mladenov, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said today that he was very concerned by the decision of the Israeli authorities to open the bidding process for the construction of Givat Hamatos.

Over the weekend, the Secretary-General spoke at the ASEAN-UN Summit. He said that, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the UN, the international community is facing a ‘perfect storm’ of a pandemic, the climate emergency, and rising geopolitical tensions, among many others.

Today is the International Day for Tolerance, so be kind. The UN is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.

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