Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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19-Jan-2021 00:31:34
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In the Central African Republic, today, the peacekeeping mission on the ground (MINUSCA) tells us that the security situation remains fragile throughout the country. Peacekeepers continue to maintain a robust posture to ensure the protection of civilians.

The Head of Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix is still in Mali today.

From South Sudan, the UN Mission (UNMISS) says it is deploying additional troops and resources to Bunj in the Upper Nile region following recent clashes.

Turning to Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues say that, although there have been substantial improvements to movement of aid in Tigray, requests to the Federal Government for critical staff deployment and surge requests have been pending clearances for several weeks.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) conducted a one-day voting process yesterday. In it, members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum were asked to cast their vote on a proposal for the selection mechanism of a unified executive authority.

Turning to Syria, we are following with concern the winter storms in the northwest of the country, which are reportedly the biggest so far this season.

Yesterday evening, we issued a statement from the Secretary-General in which he expressed his deep concern at the decision of the Israeli authorities to advance plans for some 800 settlement units, most of which are located deep inside the occupied West Bank.

Turning to India, where our UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Renata Dessallien, is supporting the Government and our partners in the massive COVID-19 vaccination programme.

In Mozambique, tomorrow, the UN Regional Directors for Southern and Eastern Africa will hold a virtual press conference. They will voice their extreme concern about the dire humanitarian and food security situation in the northern region of Mozambique.

From Madagascar, we are issuing a Flash Appeal asking for $76 million. This is to support more than 1 million people who face a potentially life-threatening lack of food, nutrition, water and sanitation and health assistance.

Yesterday, the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Mukhisa Kituyi, informed the Secretary-General that he would resign, effective 15 February.

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