Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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15-Jan-2021 00:26:41
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a video message today, the Secretary-General said that our world has reached a heart-wrenching milestone, with the COVID-19 pandemic having claimed two million lives.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as his Special Representative for South Sudan. He will lead the UN peacekeeping mission there, otherwise known as UNMISS.

The UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) says there has been significant progress made in the ongoing talks of the Advisory Committee for the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, which is underway in Geneva.

Today, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) held a ceremony in Naqoura in south Lebanon to mark the transfer of authority of its Maritime Task Force from Brazil to Germany.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will be in Mali from this Sunday.

The Secretary-General is indeed concerned about the persistent violence in the North-West and South-West regions, in which civilians continue to pay a terrible price.

On Yemen, the Secretary-General fully backs the call expressed by his envoys yesterday in the Security Council for a reversal – on humanitarian grounds – the designation by the US of the Houthis of a foreign terrorist organization.

The UN Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect, Alice Wairimu Nderitu and Karen Smith, have issued a statement expressing their deep concern over the escalation of violence in the Central African Republic, as well as attacks by unidentified armed combatants on Government forces and UN peacekeepers.

In Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that today hundreds of thousands of people there are facing food and water shortages and lacking health services. There has also been a reported rise in malnutrition and water-borne diseases.

In Indonesia, an earthquake struck West Sulawesi Province.

Regarding the horrendous conditions in a camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina, our team there tells us that, following efforts by the UN, the European Union and others, we are pleased that authorities are working to address the situation of migrants and refugees.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) tells us that Jordan has become one of the first countries in the world to begin COVID-19 vaccinations for refugees.

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