Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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21-Dec-2020 00:20:01
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, the Secretary-General is announcing the appointment of Georgette Gagnon of Canada as his new Assistant Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya.

This morning, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, briefed members of the Security Council.

This afternoon the Security Council will also hold a closed meeting on Western Sahara.

On Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues confirmed that two inter-agency assessment teams are expected to enter Tigray today following official approval from the Federal Government last Saturday.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said that political and security tensions increased over the weekend in the midst of the electoral campaign for the presidential and legislative elections on 27 December.

On Friday, the Secretary-General wrapped up his trip to Berlin.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today released a report that warns that if we don’t drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, every one of the world’s coral reefs will bleach by the end of the century.

Tomorrow at 1.30 p.m., there will be a briefing by Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, the Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN.

As we get closer to Christmas, we want to thank two more Member States for paying their full contributions to the regular budget. Our sincere thanks go to Antigua and Barbuda, as well as to Saint Kitts and Nevis. This takes us up to 141 fully paid up Member States.

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