Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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24-Mar-2021 00:21:47
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. the Deputy Secretary-General - Amina Mohammed - will be in the briefing room, to brief journalists on the launch of the Financing for Sustainable Development Report. The report shows that COVID-19 is sharply increasing stress on development finance and equality and that immediate action is needed to finance a sustainable recovery.

In a statement we issued yesterday, the Secretary-General welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on steps to help end the fighting and restart the political process in Yemen. He thanked the Kingdom for its support for the United Nations efforts.

In a statement issued yesterday evening, the Secretary-General reiterated his deep concern at the continued political impasse regarding the holding of elections in Somalia, despite several rounds of consultations amongst Somali political actors, both at technical and principal levels. He said that the protracted stalemate carries significant risks for the stability of the country and the welfare of the Somali people, who are already facing a dire humanitarian situation and precarious security conditions.

In another statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General strongly condemned Sunday’s heinous attack against civilians in Niger’s Tahoua region.

Ján Kubiš briefed the Security Council this morning for the first time in his new capacity as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Libya.

Today, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock made a virtual visit to Syria. He spoke by videoconference and by phone to families in different parts of the country, including displaced people. Mr. Lowcock also met with health care professionals, and patients receiving primary health care services.

The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet met virtually yesterday to discuss returning to meaningful negotiations that will lead to a two-state solution, including tangible steps to advance freedom, security and prosperity for Palestinians and Israelis, which is important in its own right.

The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is continuing to work with national and local authorities to support the protection of civilians, as well as stabilization efforts in the country. In Timbuktu, the Mission is currently conducting a three-day training workshop on the rights and the protection of children.

On Myanmar, the International Organization for Migration in the country today said it remains deeply concerned over the imposition of martial law in outlying areas of Yangon.

Turning to Ethiopia: The World Food Programme today said that it has begun providing emergency food assistance to vulnerable people in the Tigray Region.

An update on COVAX: Jamaica has become the first country in the Caribbean to receive COVAX-backed vaccines. Last week, an initial batch of more than 14,000 doses arrived in Jamaica, with more on the way.

In El Salvador, the UN team there is supporting authorities to reopen schools safely, gradually and voluntarily.

Today is the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.

Today is also World Tuberculosis Day. The theme this year is ‘The Clock is Ticking’, which conveys the sense that the world is running out of time to act on the commitments to end TB made by global leaders.

The UN Refugee Agency has appointed the football player Alphonso Davies as its newest Global Goodwill Ambassador.

The Secretary-General is appointing Major General Ingrid Gjerde of Norway as Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, or UNFICYP.

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