Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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22-Feb-2021 00:30:12
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attack against a joint field mission of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Kibumba, near Goma. The attack was perpetrated by unidentified armed combatants.

Speaking in a video message at the opening of the 46th session of the Human Rights Council, the Secretary-General said the pandemic has deepened pre-existing divides, vulnerabilities and inequalities.

This morning, the Secretary-General also spoke by pre-recorded video message to the opening session of the UN Environment Assembly.

On Friday afternoon, the Secretary-General also spoke with the US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry at the UNA-USA’s Global Engagement Summit.

On Myanmar, in his remarks to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Guterres said that you can see in the country the undermining of democracy, the use of brutal force, arbitrary arrests, repression in all its manifestations.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to meet in the next few days with Yemeni and Saudi officials and diplomats. This visit is part of his efforts to achieve a nationwide ceasefire, alleviate the suffering of Yemeni people and resume the political process.

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, took a virtual visit to Mekelle, Ethiopia on Friday. That’s the capital of Tigray. The goal of the visit was to assess the impact of the conflict on the humanitarian situation in Tigray by hearing the personal experiences and observations of aid workers on the ground.

The Security Council held an open video teleconference on Somalia and heard from the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, James Swan.

This afternoon, the Council members will hear from the Head of the UN Mission in Haiti, Helen La Lime. She will present the Secretary-General’s latest report and will brief council members on recent developments.

The UN team on the ground in Cabo Verde is proud to inform that the country is confirmed as one of the first African countries to receive the first allocation of COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX facility.

At 1:00 p.m., there will be a briefing by Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations. He will brief reporters on peacekeeping operations in Mali, the Central African Republic, as well as other issues related to peacekeeping.

Tomorrow at 10.30 a.m., there will be a virtual briefing by Agnès Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions along with Caroline Horn, the senior legal adviser to Ms. Callamard.

Morocco has paid its 2021 dues in full. There are now 51 Member States that have paid their dues in full this year.

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