Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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02-Feb-2021 00:21:08
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning the Security Council held closed consultations on Myanmar.

The head of the new UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan, that’s UNITAMS, has arrived in the country. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Volker Perthes, said he looked forward to working with the transitional authorities and the people of Sudan.

Both the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, and the UN Human Rights Office today welcomed the Government’s decision to set up transitional justice institutions.

Today, the UN mission in Mali said that close to 500 human rights violations and abuses were documented between June and September of last year.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, visited Tehran on 31 January to 1 February where she held talks with Iranian officials on regional issues as part of efforts to support stability in Iraq.

The UN team in Madagascar, led by Resident Coordinator Issa Sanogo, continues to support national efforts.

Tropical Cyclone Ana made landfall in the island nation of Fiji two days ago.

The UN Refugee Agency, the UN Children’s Fund and the European Union today announced the launch of a joint programme to protect children on the move in Central America, Mexico, and Southern Africa.

A new report released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says the number of children among detected trafficking victims has tripled in the last 15 years. During this same period, the number of boy victims has increased five times. Girls are mainly trafficked for sexual exploitation, while boys are used for forced labour.

A report by the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome says that global fisheries and aquaculture have been hard hit by the pandemic

I think you also heard the sad news that we learned a short while ago about the passing of Sir Captain Thomas Moore.

Lastly, I want to say a big thank you to our friends in Manama in Bahrain as they become the 26th country to join the Honour Roll.

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