Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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08-Mar-2021 00:26:41
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Happy International Women’s Day. The theme this year is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world on the way to the Generation Equality Forum.”

On this International Women’s Day, our peacekeeping colleagues report that Bangladesh, for the first time, is deploying four justice government-provided personnel (GPPs), all of them are women, to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), later this month.

Also marking International Women’s Day, the UN team in Myanmar today said that women across the country are once again demonstrating their leadership and agency following more than one month of political instability and violence.

The Secretary-General is closely following developments in Myanmar, particularly the Sanchaung district of Yangon, where hundreds of peaceful protestors have been barricaded inside residential apartment complexes for hours.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that the humanitarian situation in Myanmar remains dire and that aid operations have been disrupted by the coup. More than 1 million people - identified at the beginning of the year as needing assistance, including more than 350,000 internally displaced people - still need help.

The UN condemns the multiple drone and ballistic missile attacks reportedly carried out yesterday against multiple locations in Saudi Arabia for which the Houthis, who also call themselves Ansar Allah, have claimed responsibility.

The Secretary-General expresses his deep condolences to the people and Government of Equatorial Guinea following the explosions yesterday in the port city of Bata. The explosions killed at least 15 people, left more than 500 people injured, and caused extensive damage.

The Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, Atul Khare, has completed his visit to Sudan and is now in Kenya. In his last days in Sudan, he traveled to Abyei, where he met with the staff and leadership of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), as well as with members of the UN Country Team.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomes the convening of a formal House of Representatives session today in Sirte. The Mission is pleased with the significant number of House of Representatives members participating in the session.

In the Central African Republic, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) continues to support the preparations for the March 14th legislative elections.

In Paraguay, over the weekend, the country’s Resident Coordinator, Mario Samaja, and the UN team there expressed deep concern over the violence that took place on Friday in the capital, Asunción.

More doses of COVAX-backed COVID-19 vaccines were delivered to nine African countries: Mozambique, Togo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Liberia, Djibouti, São Tome and Principe, Uganda and Mali.

On Saturday, the Secretary-General delivered remarks to the opening of the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which is under way in Kyoto, Japan.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the deadly terrorist attack that took place in Mogadishu on Friday.

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