Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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11-Mar-2021 00:26:05
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement, the Secretary-General said that, one full year into the COVID-19 pandemic, our world has faced a tsunami of suffering. So many lives have been lost. Economies have been upended and societies left reeling. The most vulnerable have suffered the most. Those left behind are being left even further behind.

The Secretary-General today launched the “Only Together” campaign, which calls for COVID-19 vaccines to be available to everyone, everywhere.

Benin received more than 140,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines yesterday through the COVAX facility.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the Security Council virtual debate on Food Security.

The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn about the untimely death of Hamed Bakayoko, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. He extends his heartfelt condolences to Mr. Bakayoko’s family, as well as to the Government and people of Côte d'Ivoire.

The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption of the Security Council’s Presidential Statement on Myanmar. The Council’s unity and continued engagement and action is crucial.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said today that as Syria is about to enter its 11th year of violence and conflict, the pursuit of truth, justice and reparations for victims must be stepped up.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General welcomed the endorsement of an interim Government of National Unity by the Libyan House of Representatives as an important step towards restoring unity, stability, security and prosperity in Libya.

Peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan have repaired 300 kilometres of road between Juba and Rokon. This is an important supply route for both the Mission and humanitarian partners to reach remote communities, particularly during the rainy season. This is part of the Mission’s plan to fix more than 3,000 kilometers of roads across the country in the coming months.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic is telling us that a majority of the people who had sought refuge on the premises of the Catholic Diocese in Bossangoa have returned home and resumed normal activities.

The UN sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, today released new data saying that nearly 12 million women lost access to contraception due to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization today said that it is seeking $1.1 billion in 2021 to save the lives and livelihoods of some of the world’s most food-insecure people.

UN’s Chief Economist, Elliot Harris, briefed you a few days ago on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting, a new framework that includes the contributions of nature when measuring economic prosperity and human well-being. Today the framework was adopted by the UN Statistical Commission.

Tomorrow at 11 a.m., we will be joined virtually by David Beasley, WFP’s Executive Director, who will brief on his recent trip to Yemen.

Monaco made its full payment to the regular budget. The number of fully paid-up Member States is now 69.

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