Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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12-Mar-2021 00:25:42
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Our colleagues in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that the humanitarian situation is worsening in Yemen’s Marib governorate, with fighting continuing along multiple frontlines.

Turning to Ethiopia, the situation in Tigray remains extremely concerning, with conflict continuing to drive population displacement and reports of some villages being completely emptied.

The Central African Republic will have a second round of legislative elections over the weekend. Denise Brown, the Mission’s Deputy Special Representative, had discussions with the President of the National Electoral Authority to encourage the adoption of measures to facilitate electoral operations. It was reported that 96 per cent of poll workers have completed their training, with the Mission’s support; 23 per cent of them are women.

Staying in the country, our friends and colleagues at UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are telling us that the recent spike in violence has grave consequences for children’s health.

Turning to Nigeria, the Secretary-General strongly condemns the reported abduction of another group of students in that country, this time from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna.

The head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, expresses her deep concern over the targeted and disproportionate violence against women being recorded in Myanmar since the start of the violence.

In Somalia, 34 districts in the country are experiencing serious water shortages following poor seasonal rains in 2020. More than 83,000 people have been displaced by the water shortages since November 2020.

Some good news on COVID-19: Our UN team in Cabo Verde tells us that the country has just received 24,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility.

From Rwanda, our colleagues at UNHCR welcomed the Rwandan Government’s vaccination against COVID-19 of more than 400 refugees. This makes Rwanda one of the [first African] countries to actually vaccinate refugees.

Sunday, 14 March, will mark two years since Tropical Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, which was followed by Cyclone Kenneth in April 2019. In a message, the Secretary-General said that the people of Mozambique urgently need our help to tackle the triple threat of conflict, the climate crisis, and COVID-19.

The 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women starts on Monday. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation and taking into account the latest guidance from the Secretary-General and WHO, the meeting will take place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings.

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