Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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18-Jan-2021 00:31:05
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is appointing Ján Kubiš of Slovakia as his Special Envoy on Libya and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

In the Central African Republic, two United Nations peacekeepers lost their lives today.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Head of Peace Operations, has arrived in Mali yesterday and will be there until Thursday.

In the Sahel, where the situation continues to deteriorate, our humanitarian colleagues report that at the end of last year, 31.4 million people needed humanitarian assistance. This included 22.2 million who were targeted for assistance by aid agencies. COVID-19 is compounding that crisis.

In Burkina Faso, insecurity and conflict have forced a million people to flee their homes in the past two years.

In Yemen, the UN continues to be deeply concerned that the US Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of the Houthis will push Yemen into a large-scale famine. Given the dangerous situation right now with the risk of famine, the policy should be reversed.

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about clashes in West Darfur that took place over the weekend.

In a statement issued over the weekend, the Secretary-General welcomed the Presidential decree issued by President Mahmoud Abbas to hold legislative, presidential and Palestine National Council elections later this year, beginning in May.

The Secretary-General spoke live at the handover ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China.

In Brazil, the UN team, headed by Resident Coordinator Niky Fabiancic, is supporting the health system in the northern state of Amazonas to address the pandemic.

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