Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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15-Mar-2021 00:15:14
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke in person at the opening of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The Secretary-General today took part via video message in the High-Level side event of the Group of Friends for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.

In Myanmar, we saw a weekend filled with bloodshed. According to the UN Human Rights Office, to date, at least 138 peaceful protestors, including women and children, have been killed in the violence since 1 February.

The UN Mission in the Central African (MINUSCA) said that yesterday’s second round of the legislative elections was conducted peacefully throughout the country without major incidents.

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, told the Security Council this morning that the conflict has now lasted for ten years – as long as the first and second World Wars combined.

We welcome the swearing in of the new Libyan Government of National Unity before the House of Representatives in Tobruk earlier today.

Our humanitarian partners had started using a new email notification system to deploy international staff to Tigray in Ethiopia -- a change from the system when we had to seek permission.

We marked yesterday the second anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.

Over the weekend, we issued a statement in relation to the situation in Bolivia and the recent legal action taken against former government officials and authorities there.

In a new report on South Sudan, the UN Mission and the UN Human Rights Office today called on South Sudanese authorities to hold accountable the military and political figures supporting community-based militias in the Greater Jonglei region. The report said this move could prevent further violence.

On Friday, Jordan received its first shipment of 144,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience vaccine from COVAX.

We say muchas gracias to our amigos in Bogota, because Colombia has paid their budget dues in full.

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