Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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30-Nov-2020 00:19:43
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General spoke on Friday with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia, on the consequences of the Ethiopian conflict.

On the humanitarian front, UN humanitarian colleagues and partners are deeply concerned about the plight of civilians in the Tigray Region, especially in the capital of Mekelle, following the latest developments reported in the city.

The U.N. is reporting now that nearly 45,500 people – most of them children –have fled to Sudan from Tigray and other places of Ethiopia.

On Nigeria, the Secretary-General condemned in the strongest terms the horrific attack on rice farm workers in Koshobe village, near the Borno State capital of Maiduguri.

Speaking this morning at the opening of the [conference of] States parties to the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, the Secretary-General said that realizing their rights is crucial to fulfilling the core promise of the 2030 Agenda, leaving no one behind.

The UN Mission in Mali confirms that camps shared by UN peacekeepers and the French Force Barkhane, located in Menaka and Kidal, came under indirect mortar attack this morning. There are no reports of casualties.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Peacekeeping Mission has launched a new radio station, in partnership with UNICEF, called “Okapi Enfant.” Meanwhile, the Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) deployed a Nepalese Quick Reaction Force Team to Cueibet, in the country’s Lakes region, to support local police in their efforts to protect civilians from a potential conflict between armed groups, following the killing of a young man.

The World Health Organization today called on countries and global health partners to step up the fight against malaria.

Tomorrow, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will present the Global Humanitarian Overview 2021. This is the annual overview of trends as well as the current state of worldwide humanitarian needs, projections and inter-agency response plans.

Today is the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare.

Today, the Spokesman was joined by 3 special guests: Sheila E, the world-renowned percussionist and singer; Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, and Mark Johnson, the founder of Playing for Change. They briefed reporters on the upcoming “Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice”.

Tomorrow, the Spokesman will be joined by Ninan Varughese, the acting Director of the UNAIDS Office, who will brief reporters on the World Aids Report.

And, at 1 p.m., there will be a hybrid press briefing by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN, who will Preside over the Security Council for the month of December.

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