Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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01-Mar-2021 00:25:48
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General opened the High-Level Pledging Event for Yemen today.

Turning to Myanmar, the Special Envoy is continuing her contacts with various stakeholders.

On Syria, the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, Imran Riza, as well as the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Muhannad Hadi, have expressed sorrow over a deadly fire at Al Hol camp in northeast Syria. Initial reports indicate that at least four residents, including three children and one woman, died in the tragic accident, and at least 26 were injured.

Our colleagues in the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic tell us they are continuing to support the national authorities to prepare for the second round of legislative elections, scheduled for14 March.

Turning to Libya, aid organizations are appealing for $189 million to meet pressing humanitarian needs in the country in 2021.

Turning to Chad, the Secretary-General regrets the use of violence and the subsequent loss of life reported at the residence of the presidential candidate, Yaya Dillo, that took place in N´Djamena.

Our team in the Maldives, led by the Resident Coordinator, Catherine Haswell, has been supporting the country’s inclusion in COVAX. Some 200,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in the next few weeks.

Today is Zero Discrimination Day. This year, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, otherwise known as UNAIDS, is highlighting the urgent need to take action to end the inequalities surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, race and other factors that continue to persist around the world.

Tomorrow, my guest will be our friend, the Chief Economist of the United Nations, Elliott Harris. He will brief you on a new system of natural capital accounting known as SEEA, “the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting,” expected to be adopted by the 52nd session of the UN Statistical Commission, organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

The UN Mission Western Sahara, MINURSO, continues to receive unconfirmed reports of sporadic firing across the berm.

On Lebanon, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reports that, in relation to the oil spill and tar deposited in parts of the coastline in Lebanon, the Mission has been in touch with local authorities.

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