Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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04-Dec-2020 00:24:52
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement, the Secretary-General takes note of the 3 December joint statement on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries.

The Secretary-General is encouraged by the statement by the Foreign Minister of Kuwait and other reports that the Gulf rift is close to a resolution.

On climate change, you will recall, in his speech at Columbia University earlier this week, the Secretary-General called on the major emitters to lead the way in taking decisive action now to get on the right path towards achieving net zero by mid-century, which means cutting global emissions by 45 percent by 2030 compared with 2010 levels.

At a virtual Security Council session on cooperation between the UN and the African Union (AU), the Secretary-General pointed out that our collaboration with the AU, as well as African economic communities and other regional mechanisms, has never been stronger.

The Deputy Secretary-General of the Unites Nations spoke at the General Assembly’s Special Session in Response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Ethiopia, following the agreement between the United Nations in Ethiopia and the Federal Government on access for aid organizations, UN agencies are ready to ramp up assistance to people in need in the Tigray region.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Sudan, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said today that more than 47,000 Ethiopians have now arrived in search of safety.

On Syria, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Geir Pedersen, spoke to the press today in Geneva at the conclusion of the Fourth Session of the Small Body of the Constitutional Committee.

The UN team in Bhutan, led by Resident Coordinator Gerald Daly, has been supporting local authorities to respond to the health and socio-economic impact of the pandemic, mobilizing more than $1 million in additional resources.

On the Central African Republic, today, in a joint statement, we joined the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the European Union (EU) to call on national actors to respect the decisions of the country’s Constitutional Court, and to refrain from any action that could compromise peace and stability.

Tomorrow is World Soil Day. This year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization campaign, named "Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity", aims to raise awareness of the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being.

Tomorrow is also International Volunteer Day. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General says that this year, we are highlighting the important contributions of volunteers to the response to COVID-19.

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