Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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22-Dec-2020 00:18:21
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is appointing Barrie Lynne Freeman of the United States as his Deputy Special Representative for the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

Yesterday, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of Tor Wennesland of Norway as his new Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority.

On Monday, Nickolay Mladenov informed the Secretary-General that when his term as Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace process ends on 31 December, he will resign from the United Nations and he will not be able to take up the position of Special Envoy for Libya, for which he had been considered.

This morning, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, briefed Council members on the topic of non-proliferation and the implementation of resolution 2231.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partners today appealed for $156 million to meet the humanitarian needs of Ethiopian refugees fleeing the conflict in Tigray through the first half of 2021.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned today that the continuing lack of humanitarian access, coupled with an ongoing communications blackout in many areas of the Tigray, in Ethiopia, raises increasing concerns about the situation of civilians.

The World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that it will have to further reduce monthly cash and food rations for 1.26 million refugees in Uganda due to a funding shortfall. With effect from February 2021, refugees will have to make do with only 60 per cent of a full ration.

In Brazil, the Resident Coordinator Niky Fabiancic is leading the UN efforts to support the authorities on the pandemic response.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that it is increasing efforts aimed at bolstering the global response to the Fall Armyworm, considered one of the top ten devastating plant pests impacting food and agriculture.

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