Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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16-Feb-2021 00:28:18
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tomorrow morning, the Security Council will hold an open meeting by video conference on the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Libya, mid-morning, the Secretary-General spoke by phone with Mohammad Younes Menfi, the President-elect of the Presidency Council of the Libyan National Unity Government, and with Abdul Hamid Dbeiba, the Libyan Prime Minister-designate.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke by pre-recorded video message to the G5 Sahel Summit that is being held in N’Djamena in Chad.

On Somalia, you will have noticed that this morning we also issued a joint statement from the Secretary-General and the African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, today announced an initial rapid allocation of $15 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). These funds will go to the outbreaks of Ebola in both Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, briefed Security Council members this morning.

Turning to Yemen, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock expressed his alarm regarding intensifying hostilities in Marib.

On Myanmar, our team in the country says they are concerned with the impacts of a draft cyber security bill that has been circulated to mobile network operators and licensed network service providers.

Two quick COVID updates for you: First, the World Health Organization yesterday gave the green light for two versions of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine to be rolled out through COVAX. Also, UNICEF today launched the Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative, with [15] leading airlines supporting the prioritization of the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and other critical supplies.

From the Philippines, our UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez, has been supporting the Government with their COVID-19 readiness assessment as well as a vaccination plan.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) is telling us that its forces are on high alert in Bambari in the Ouaka prefecture.

Turning to nearby Burundi, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), along with 33 partners, are appealing for close to $223 million to provide humanitarian assistance to over 315,000 Burundian refugees who are currently located in Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC.

In a happy belated Valentine’s Day note, your colleague Maria Khrenova gave birth on Valentine’s Day to a beautiful little baby boy named Alex.

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