Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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25-Feb-2021 00:22:43
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is encouraged by the joint statement issued by the militaries of India and Pakistan on their agreement to observing the ceasefire at the Line of Control in Kashmir and engaging through established mechanisms. He hopes that this positive step will provide an opportunity for further dialogue.

In a statement on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the Secretary-General has extended the mandate of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon from 1 March 2021 for a further two years, or until the completion of the cases before the Special Tribunal, if sooner, or the exhaustion of available funds, if sooner.

Following the consultations conducted on behalf of the Secretary-General by Jane Holl Lute, over the past several months, the Secretary-General intends to convene an informal five-plus-one meeting on the Cyprus issue in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 April 2021.

In a joint statement issued this morning, the UN, along with the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) – have taken note of the provisional results of the second round of the presidential election, announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Niger.

Today, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock briefed the Security Council on Syria. He focused on three points; the economic crisis and the rise in food insecurity; humanitarian access; and the protection of civilians.

In Myanmar, the UN Country Team there is deeply concerned that an increasing number of people are now being held in detention.

In Sudan, the acting Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Axel Bisschop, recently visited West Darfur. He met with some of the 170,000 people who were displaced by inter-communal violence last month.

In Malaysia, which started its COVID-19 vaccination programme yesterday, the UN team, led by the Resident Coordinator Stefan Priesner, has been supporting authorities with this programme.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today that it has signed a long-term agreement with AstraZeneca to supply vaccines for the COVAX Facility.

The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the launch of a COVID-19 Oxygen Emergency Taskforce. It will bring together key organisations working on oxygen access.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Ms. Ligia Noronha of India as Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This is at the Assistant Secretary-General level.

Albania and Turkmenistan have now paid their regular budget dues.

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