Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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04-Mar-2021 00:30:17
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ola Almgren, tweeted out that yesterday was a tragic day for Myanmar and stressed it is not acceptable that dozens of unarmed and peaceful protestors were killed and many more injured.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today called on the country’s military to stop murdering and jailing protestors after another day of deadly violence across the country.

In addition to the communications which we have received in the past few days concerning the Permanent Representative of Myanmar we have also received a communication yesterday from the Permanent Mission of Myanmar, informing us that the Deputy Permanent Representative of Myanmar, Mr. Tin Maung Naing, has submitted his letter of resignation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, and recalling that Mr. Kyaw Moe Tun remains the Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that significant displacement is being reported in Marib Governorate, especially in Sirwah District, as fighting continues along several frontlines in recent days.

Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator briefed the Security Council today on Ethiopia. He focused on the current humanitarian situation; access to the region; and action needed to scale up humanitarian deliveries.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, stressed the urgent need for an objective, independent assessment of the facts on the ground in Tigray in Ethiopia.

A tragic note that we received from our colleagues at the International Organization for Migration. They say that at least 20 people have drowned off the coasts of Djibouti after smugglers threw dozens of migrants – fellow human beings - overboard.

Our colleague Atul Khare, the head of the Department of Operational Support, is in Sudan this week.

Today, Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, made a virtual visit to Beni, located in the east of the country, and home to a decades-long protection crisis.

The UN Children’s Fund today says that at least 1 in 7 children – that’s 332 million children globally – have lived under required or recommended nationwide stay-at-home policies for at least nine months since the start of the pandemic. The agency warns that this is putting their mental health and well-being at risk.

Lesotho and Sudan received vaccines through the COVAX facility yesterday.

A new report by the UN Development Programme says that a temporary basic income for hundreds of millions of women in developing countries could prevent rising poverty and widening gender inequalities during the pandemic.

According to a new report by UNEP, an estimated 931 million tonnes of food, metric tonnes that is, or 17 per cent of all food available to consumers in 2019, went into the trash of households, retailers, restaurants and other food services. This amount roughly equals 23 million fully loaded 40-tonne trucks — bumper-to-bumper, enough to circle the Earth 7 times.

The Food Price Index for this month, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, food commodity prices rose for the ninth consecutive month in February, with quotations for sugar and vegetable oils increasing the most.

Today, the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres is announcing the appointment of Cherith Norman Chalet of the United States as Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management in the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management. 

Tomorrow, we will be joined by Vincent Martin, the UN Resident Coordinator in Guinea. He will join us virtually to brief on the situation in Guinea, particularly the challenges due to COVID-19 and the resurgence of Ebola.

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