Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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19-Feb-2021 00:33:01
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke virtually at the Munich Security Conference segment on “Priorities for Global Action.”

At 3:00 p.m. today, the Secretary-General will take part in a virtual conversation with the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, to mark the United States’ re-entry into the Paris Agreement.

On Monday morning, the Secretary-General will address the opening of the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that 10 years into the Syria crisis, humanitarian needs there are deepening.

The Special Envoy for Libya, Ján Kubiš, arrived today in Benghazi. The Special Envoy held a meeting with General Khalifa Haftar.

In response to questions about the death of a protestor in Myanmar, the Deputy-Spokesman said that the Secretary-General has been following the case of Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing closely and is deeply saddened and disturbed. He extends his condolences to her loved ones.

The United Nations in Somalia today said it is deeply concerned by armed clashes in Mogadishu overnight and into this morning.

The Deputy-Spokesman provided an update about the preliminary investigation on the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse during the Ebola outbreak response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In a new report, UNICEF says that the lives and futures of more than three million displaced children are at risk in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, reports that armed combatants from the CPC (Coalition des Patriotes pour le Changement) have ambushed a UN patrol that was traveling from Baboua to Nguia Bouar. This is in the Nana-Mambere prefecture. Peacekeepers returned fire, forcing the combatants to retreat. We can report that no casualties were reported.

The World Food Programme said that the UN Humanitarian Air Service – better known as UNHAS - urgently requires $204 million to continue existing operations beyond the end of the month.

In Mali, the UN team led by the Deputy Special Representative and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Mbaranga Gasarabwe is purchasing nearly 8.5 million doses of vaccine for the national immunization plan. The purchase is being made with nearly $5 million in financial support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

The Secretary-General appointed Khardiata Lo N’Diaye of Senegal as his new Deputy Special Representative for Sudan. She will serve with the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan, known as UNITAMS. She will also be the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.

Tomorrow is the World Day of Social Justice, and the theme this year is “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy”.

Sunday, 21 February, is International Mother Language Day. This year’s theme is “Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society”.

Since our last briefing on Wednesday, we’ve received a few more very welcome payments to the 2021 regular budget. Our sincere thanks go to our friends in Djibouti, San Marino, Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates. The total number of fully paid-up Member States is now 50.

On Monday, at 1:00 p.m., the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will brief reporters from the Press Briefing Room. Mr. Lacroix will discuss peacekeeping operations in Mali, the Central African Republic, as well as other issues related to peacekeeping.

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