Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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03-Feb-2021 00:31:00
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General was co-awarded the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity.

In Myanmar, the UN is watching the situation very closely and with concern.

In a note issued yesterday on the Safer tanker, the UN explained that it has requested the Houthi de facto authorities in Yemen to provide a letter with security assurances in order to deploy a team to the Safer tanker.

On Ethiopia, in a statement yesterday, the Secretary-General remains seriously concerned over the situation in Tigray.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, today visited Hargeisa in Somaliland.

A report released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office warns that allegations by detainees of torture in Afghanistan detention facilities continue at high rates.

In response to questions about the latest developments in Russia, the Spokesman said the UN Human Rights office urged the Russian authorities to immediately release all those detained for exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression over the past few weeks of protests across the country.

In response to questions about hate speech in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Spokesman said the UN rejects any form of hate speech, denial of war crimes and genocide as well as the glorification of convicted war criminals, in Bosnia and Herzegovina and elsewhere.

This morning, the Secretary-General delivered remarks – by pre-recorded video – to the Brave New Ocean high-level virtual event organized by UNESCO. This is to launch the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The World Health Organization announced today that Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, will continue for a third term as WHO’s Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries.

The initiative called Music Against Child Labour was launched as a competition to mark the UN International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

The guest tomorrow will be Denise Brown, the Deputy Special Representative for the Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic. She will brief virtually from Bangui and will give reporters an update on the situation there.

The Spokesman paid tribute to Timur Goksel, the longtime face and voice of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, who passed away from COVID-19 earlier this week.

Hungary and Malaysia have made full payments to the 2021 regular budget. The Honour Roll now stands at 28.

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