Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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24-Feb-2021 00:37:02
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The government of Portugal has written to the President of the General Assembly and the President of the Security Council, officially nominating António Guterres as a candidate for a second term as Secretary-General.

The UN team in Myanmar is gravely concerned that the recent events will jeopardize the COVID-19 vaccination effort that is underway.

There are reports that a ship carrying Rohingya refugees is in distress in the Andaman Sea. The International Organization for Migration today called on countries in the region to meet their international obligations and to ensure that all people onboard are immediately rescued and safely disembarked.

At least 8,000 people have been displaced in Marib governorate in recent weeks due to the escalating hostilities. The vast majority of the displaced are women and children.

The UN has encountered new delays in resolving the situation of the tanker in the Red Sea after recent additional requests from the Houthis, who also refer to themselves as Ansar Allah. Those additional requests focus on logistics and security arrangements.

At the Security Council today, in a briefing about the Central African Republic, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Head of Peace Operations, renewed the call to strengthen the peacekeeping mission with an increase of 2,750 military and 940 police personnel.

The Spokesman paid tribute to UN colleague Mustapha Milambo, who died in the brutal attack Monday near Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ghana has become the first recipient of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX, receiving 600,000 vaccines today.

In Mozambique, conflict and climatic shocks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado continue to drive increasing displacement and lead to a rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in that region.

In Mexico, UNHCR and the UN Migration agency today began preparing individuals and families in the informal Matamoros camp for entry to the United States.

The Secretary-General sent his best wishes to Costa Rica on the second anniversary of its National Decarbonization Plan.

In Colombia, the UN team led by the acting Resident Coordinator, Jessica Faieta, has been supporting the authorities to join the COVAX facility for vaccine rollout, which began just a few days ago.

The UN System in Ecuador issued a statement last night expressing solidarity with the families of those killed and injured in the violent events that took place in three prisons in Ecuador.

A report today by the UN World Food Programme warns that the COVID-19 pandemic risks reversing a decade of hard-won gains in global efforts to provide nutritious food to the world’s most vulnerable children through a daily free meal in school.

Guests are the noon briefing today were the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, Natalia Kanem, and Natalia Vodianova, model, philanthropist and an impact investor, who is UNFPA’s newest Goodwill Ambassador.

Tomorrow at 11 a.m., there will be a virtual briefing on the launch of the Financial Integrity for Sustainable Development Report by the High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda, otherwise known as the FACTI Panel.

Kuwait has paid its regular budget dues in full.

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