Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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11-Jan-2021 00:28:52
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is continuing his virtual trip to the United Kingdom, where, in just a few minutes, he will sit down with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a virtual bilateral meeting.

Earlier this morning, the Secretary-General spoke by video teleconference to the One Planet Summit, convened by French President Emmanuel Macron.

In a response to the President of the General Assembly, who had enquired last Friday about the Secretary-General’s intentions regarding a second mandate, the Secretary-General conveyed to him today that he is available to serve a second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations, if that would be the will of the Member States.

In the Security Council this morning, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, presented an update on political developments in the region, which were marked by five presidential, three legislative, and two local elections.

Our colleagues on the ground in the Central African Republic and our peacekeeping mission tell us that they are continuing to work with the country’s armed forces to protect civilians who are facing attacks by armed groups.

Turning to Afghanistan, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, this year, the UN and humanitarian partners will seek $1.3 billion to assist almost 16 million people with life-saving aid.

In Iraq, our Special Representative on the ground, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, visited the Sinjar district yesterday to follow up on the implementation of a recent agreement between Baghdad and Erbil aimed at creating stability, security and better living conditions for its inhabitants.

I want to say we welcome the announcement by the Presidency of Kazakhstan earlier this month that the country has ratified internally the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.

It is my pleasure to announce that the 2020 Highlights of Security Council Practice is out.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns Friday’s suicide bombing perpetrated by a Boko Haram faction that killed at least 15 civilians, including children ranging from 3 to 14 years old. He was shocked to learn that a young girl was made to carry out this horrific attack.

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