Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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05-Feb-2021 00:17:24
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Michael Bloomberg had been reappointed as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions.

The Secretary-General, along with COP26 UK President Alok Sharma, will brief the Member States on the road to Glasgow.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, joined Graꞔa Machel at the virtual Global Inter-Generational Dialogue (IGD), organized by Global Peace.

On Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues on the ground tell us the situation across Tigray continues to be extremely alarming and to deteriorate rapidly.

Next week, Ramesh Rajasingham, the Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, will begin a four-day visit to Burkina Faso and Senegal.

The UN’s Humanitarian Response Plan for Niger was launched yesterday. The plan is seeking $523.2 million this year to assist 2.1 million people. By comparison, last year, the UN and our humanitarian partners reached 800,000 people in need across the country.

The World Health Organization said that the global initiative COVAX aims to start shipping nearly 90 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the continent in February. This will be Africa’s largest ever mass vaccination campaign.

Tomorrow is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Yesterday we issued a statement in which the Secretary-General took note of the verdict by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Dominic Ongwen, a commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). He said this judgment is a significant milestone in accountability and a step forward in efforts to bring justice to the victims of the LRA.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Robin Geiss of Germany as the Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), which is based in Geneva.

Today, we thank our friends in Liechtenstein and Bhutan for their payment to the regular budget for 2021.

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