Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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10-Mar-2021 00:34:39
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This afternoon, the Secretary-General will talk to you at the Security Council stakeout about the horrific price that the people of Syria have paid for this decade of conflict. On Monday, you will hear from the Secretary-General's Special Envoy Geir Pedersen on the same issue, but that will be done from Geneva.

In a video message, the Secretary-General marked the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in which 18,400 people died or are still missing.

Tomorrow, we will be launching a new global campaign, titled Only Together, to support its call for fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

Two years ago today, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa. Today, we remember all of the victims of this horrendous accident, but we have a special thought for the families and friends of our colleagues who were on board that flight which was heading for Nairobi.

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, remains in close contact with key actors in Myanmar, including the military, on a possible visit to the country.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) congratulated the Libyan people on the approval by the House of Representatives of a new interim unified Government.

The UN Mission in Afghanistan, otherwise known as UNAMA, says the UN envoy for the country, Deborah Lyons, had meetings in Doha with Special Representatives from Germany, Norway and the United States.

The Executive Director of the World Food (WFP) , David Beasley, issued an urgent plea for peace in Yemen. He called for funding to help the most vulnerable hungry families as he wrapped up a two-day visit to the country.

We remain engaged in discussions with the Houthis, Ansar Allah, to resolve all pending issues and requests regarding logistical and security arrangements for the FSO SAFER vessel in Yemen.

Today, the UN and the Government of Iraq released the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan to assist 1.5 million vulnerable people.

An update from Equatorial Guinea, following Sunday’s deadly explosions at a military complex in Bata: Initial figures from the military say that up to 300 houses were destroyed. Displaced families remain without shelter. The blast also significantly damaged the country’s only COVID-19 testing laboratory.

Another Humanitarian Response Plan launched today was for Haiti, and it was presented to Member States this morning.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, has wrapped up a visit to Togo.

Our colleagues at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR tell us today they are deeply saddened by the latest loss of life in the Central Mediterranean, after two boats capsized off Tunisia’s shores yesterday.

A COVAX update from Cambodia, this time, which received more than 320,000 COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility last week.

A new UNEP report, produced with Oxford University, says that, one year from the onset of the pandemic, recovery spending has fallen short of nations’ commitments to build back more sustainably.

Today, we say thank you to our friends in Tbilisi because Georgia paid its regular budget dues in full, bringing the number of countries which have done so to 68.

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