Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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24-Nov-2020 00:38:35
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General spoke by video teleconference to the Third Roundtable of Renowned Economists on Rebirthing the Global Economy, and he told them that we face not only an unprecedented crisis — but also the opportunity to make real, foundational, and necessary change.

This morning, in a pre-recorded video message to the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, which is taking place in Geneva, António Guterres stressed that the people of Afghanistan face serious challenges, including conflict, poverty and the uneven application of the rule of law.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today urged the parties to the conflict in Ethiopia to give clear orders to their forces to spare and protect the civilian population from the effect of the hostilities.

The UN has received an official letter from the de facto Ansar Allah authorities on Saturday indicating their approval of the UN proposal for the planned expert mission to the FSO Safer oil tanker, in Yemen.

In New York, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Special Representative for the UN in Iraq, briefed the Security Council by video conference.

The Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, told the Agency’s Advisory Board yesterday that UNRWA still desperately needs $70 million in contributions to avoid painful measures in the coming weeks and to limit the amount of liabilities carried over into 2021.

In the Central African Republic, the members of the G5 welcomed the measures taken by the country to advance preparations for the December 27th election.

In Zimbabwe, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Maria Ribeiro, continues to boost the COVID-19 national health and socioeconomic response. Last week alone, the World Health Organization (WHO) delivered personal protective equipment, lab supplies, stationery and information-technology equipment worth $100,000 to the National Institute of Health Research.

As part of ongoing efforts to support host communities in their fight against COVID-19, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), donated protective equipment and medical supplies to social development centres of the south-eastern towns of Frun and Rachaya al Foukhar.

Next Wednesday, 2nd December, at 8:45 a.m., the Secretary-General will be speaking at Columbia University’s World Leaders Forum on the state of our planet.

Tomorrow, at 11:00 a.m., there will be a virtual briefing on the forthcoming Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which takes place starting November 30th.

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