Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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17-Mar-2021 00:29:06
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack on 15 March by unidentified gunmen in Banibangou, in the Tillabéri region of the Republic of Niger.

The Head of the UN Mission in Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Mali, following an attack on Malian forces near Gao.

Following last Sunday’s legislative elections, the UN Mission in the Central African Republic reports that the vote counting, as well as the transfer of election results from polling stations to the regional branches of the National Elections Authority, is underway.

In a video message to mark the International Day [against] Islamophobia, the Secretary-General said that anti-Muslim bigotry is sadly in line with other disturbing trends we are seeing globally. That includes a resurgence in ethno-nationalism, neo-Nazism, stigma and hate speech that target vulnerable populations - including Muslims, Jews, and some minority Christian communities, as well as others.

Monday will be the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The Pre-Summit gathering for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit will take place in Rome, from July 19th to the 21st. Under the leadership of the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi, the Pre-Summit event will bring together the efforts and contributions of a global engagement process to shape ambition to transform food systems.

In Myanmar, the UN team continues to be deeply disturbed by and concerned over the more than 2,000 people arbitrarily detained for their participation in peaceful protests or political activity.

The 2021 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan has been released. The plan seeks $3.85 billion to provide urgent, lifesaving help to 16 million people. Some 20.7 million Yemenis need some kind of humanitarian assistance, including 12.1 million people in acute need.

The State of Palestine today received its first batch of more than 60,000 doses of vaccines from the COVAX facility.

In South Asia, a new report by the UN says that drastic cuts in essential public health services across the region due to the pandemic may have contributed to 228,000 additional child deaths last year. Around 11,000 additional maternal deaths are also expected.

Tomorrow, Maximo Torero, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Chief Economist, and Dominique Burgeon, FAO’s Director of the Geneva Office and Director, ad interim of the Office of Emergencies and Resilience, will be the guests at the noon briefing. They will brief on their latest report on the impact of natural disasters and crises on agriculture and food security.

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