Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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08-Dec-2020 00:28:12
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The UN has seen the reports of a UN convoy being shot at in Tigray province.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the High-Level Pledging Conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund. The Secretary-General called CERF unique, adding that it is quick and non-bureaucratic. CERF also reaches the under-funded emergencies that have fallen off the world’s radar – or were never on it.

This morning, the Security Council met in a virtual platform on the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan, or UNITAMS.

This morning, the Secretary-General addressed, in a pre-recorded video message, the Caring for Climate High-Level Meeting which is convened by the Global Compact, UN Environment, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN High-Level Climate Champions.

The Secretary-General is closely following the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana. He is encouraged by the peaceful manner unfolding in the process so far.

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon reports that a contingent which is part of the Mission’s Force Commander Reserve unit distributed some 4,000 educational kits to 30 schools and started necessary renovations to school buildings in southern Lebanon.

The UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Simon Springett, has supported national efforts to address the pandemic with technical expertise, while providing equipment for the health system, including front-line workers.

UNICEF today warned that the number of schoolchildren affected by COVID-19-related school closures surged by 38 per cent in November.

The World Health Organization today launched a year-long global campaign for the World No Tobacco 2021 DAY.

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