Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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25-Mar-2021 00:27:18
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed briefed reporters on the Financing for the Development report. On this same topic, the Secretary-General’s brief on debt and liquidity will be published on Monday.

Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

As you know, the Olympic Torch Relay began today in Fukushima, Japan, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Today, the Deputy Secretary-General spoke in a video message on behalf of the Secretary-General, at the opening ceremony of the conference named "Reinforcement of the role of the EU in Global Health", which was hosted by the Government of Portugal.

Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the members of the Security Council by VTC this morning.

On the issue of the FSO SAFER, I just would like to note that the discussions with the Houthis (who call themselves Ansar Allah) are ongoing to resolve all pending logistical and security arrangements.

The UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, today released $14 million from the Central Emergency Respond Fund, or CERF, to help tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees after a devastating fire tore through the Kutupalong camp – the world’s largest refugee camp – in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

On Myanmar, the UN team in the country is deeply concerned about the impact of the political developments on vulnerable people in conflict-affected areas. The UN team is helping some one million people, one-third of whom are internally displaced.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), says its patrols helped prevented looting by armed groups in Markounda in Ouham prefecture yesterday.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said that 114 million children are still out of the classroom in the region.

From Honduras, the UN Resident Coordinator, Alice Shackelford, has condemned the assassination of Juan Carlos Cerros Escalante, an indigenous leader and climate activist.

El Salvador has so far received 85,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses so far, and more are on the way. The UN team has been working for months with health authorities in the area of logistics, among many others.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a report to show evidence of the key role that Indigenous and Tribal Peoples play in preserving forests and reducing carbon emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) today launched its Annual Report for 2020, highlighting a global hidden epidemic of drug use among older people.

Today is the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members.

Benin has now paid its regular budget dues. This takes us to 76 fully paid-up Member States.

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