Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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26-Jan-2021 00:23:17
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is appointing Khassim Diagne of Senegal as his Deputy Special Representative for Protection and Operations in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

At the virtual Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund, held this morning, the Secretary-General said that in the current context, we need an approach that goes beyond crisis response and boosts long-term investments in prevention and peacebuilding.

Tor Wennesland briefed the Security Council this morning for the first time in his new role as the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

From Ethiopia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is receiving reports of rising hunger and malnutrition in Tigray.

Today, the Head of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has called for an inquiry into the killing of journalist Dawit Kebede. He was found dead on January 19th, in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray.

In Yemen, the U.N. is aware of the new general licence issued by the US yesterday afternoon. This licence exempts all transactions with the Houthis from sanctions-related enforcement by the US authorities until the 26th of February.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) dispatched a patrol to Mangrao, on the Grimari- Bambari axis in Ouaka Prefecture yesterday, after combatants from the CPC (Coalition Patriotique pour le Changement) set a local fuel truck on fire.

In South Sudan, more than 8 million people in the country are believed to need humanitarian assistance this year. This includes 310,000 refugees and asylum seekers and is an increase from the 7.5 million people who were in need in 2020.

In the Comoros, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator François Batalingaya, is supporting the authorities’ response to a new COVID-19 outbreak on all fronts.

A report released today by UNEP says that climate litigation cases have spiked in recent years. This makes the courtroom increasingly relevant to efforts to address climate change around the world.

Last night, the Secretary-General addressed a virtual ceremony at Park East Synagogue to commemorate the remembrance of the Holocaust.

Myrta Kaulard, the UN Resident Coordinator in Mozambique, briefed reporters on the situation in Mozambique.

Belgium and Cuba have made their full payments to the regular budget. The Honour Roll now includes 19 Member States.

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