Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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09-Feb-2021 00:39:29
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Our colleagues in Myanmar have been expressing their strong concern at today’s reported use of force by security forces against demonstrators. The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ola Almgren, called on the security forces to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, briefed the Security Council in its closed consultations today about his diplomatic efforts.

We issued a statement yesterday afternoon in which Antonio Guterres commended the announcement by the President of Colombia, Iván Duque, that the Government of Colombia will provide temporary protection to the 1.7 million Venezuelans living in that country.

This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, spoke by a pre-recorded video message to the Sustainable Energy for All Youth Summit.

The Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ramesh Rajasingham, is in Burkina Faso this week. Today, he visited the area of Djibo, in the country’s north.

On South Sudan, the head of the UN Mission in the country, David Shearer, said that the implementation of the peace agreement has been far too slow. This is partly due to an increase in violence.

Our colleagues in the peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) continue to support the Lebanese authorities in their fight against COVID-19.

Our team in Bolivia, led by Resident Coordinator Susana Sottoli, has been supporting the Government to ensure its participation in the COVAX facility.

We are delighted to thank our friends in Vienna, Sarajevo and Warsaw for their payments in full. Because of Austria’s, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s and Poland’s payments, we have now reached last year’s Honour Roll total of 35.

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