Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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10-Feb-2021 00:29:42
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In central Mali, at about 7 a.m. this morning, 28 peacekeepers from Togo were wounded when their temporary base located in Kéréna, near Douentza, was targeted by what the Mission described as a complex attack.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths met today in Riyadh with the Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Khaled bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials, as well as the US Special Envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking. They discussed the latest developments in the country, in Yemen and ways to resume the political process.

Ján Kubiš began his work as the Special Representative and Head of Mission for Libya.

This afternoon, the Secretary-General will meet virtually with his Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. He will hear youth priorities and perspectives on boosting climate action and ambition on the critical pathway to COP26.

The Security Council met on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, the head of the UN Office of Counter Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, said that while ISIL has not developed a purposeful strategy to exploit the pandemic, the threat it poses to international peace and security is on the rise on the region again.

On Myanmar, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, today expressed grave concern about the situation in the country.

Eswatini has seen a surge of cases in recent months. The UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Nathalie Ndongo-Seh, has contributed more than $8 million to national efforts to respond and recover from the social and economic impacts of the pandemic.

The International Organization for Migration is today calling on the European Union and its Member States to take urgent action to end pushbacks, collective expulsions, and the use of violence against migrants and refugees at the EU’s external land and maritime borders.

Today is World Pulses Day. Pulses, also known as legumes, are edible seeds of leguminous plants cultivated for food. Dried beans, lentils and peas are the most commonly known and consumed types of pulses.

Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. NY time, you are all invited to a virtual conversation of the film “The Windemere Children.” This biographical drama tells the little-known stories of some of the 300 orphaned Jewish refugees who began new lives in the Lake District of England in the summer of 1945 after the end of the Second World War, and the pioneering project to rehabilitate these child survivors.

Norway, Spain and Thailand have paid their budget dues in full. The Honour Roll has now grown to 38.

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