Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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26-Mar-2021 00:24:05
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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On Monday, the Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on debt and liquidity will be published. Also on Monday, the Secretary-General, along with the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, will convene the meeting on “Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond.” They will also hold a press briefing at 11 a.m.

On Monday afternoon, the Secretary-General will meet virtually with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. This is part of the Secretary of State’s “virtual visit” to the United Nations on Monday.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Annadif Khatir Mahamat Saleh of Chad as his new Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel and the Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, known as UNOWAS.

In a statement, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said she remains deeply disturbed by ongoing violence committed by the country’s security forces.

Also on Myanmar, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the country strongly condemns attacks on healthcare providers and sites since the military takeover on the 1st of February.

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is on a visit to Oman.

The fifth EU-UN Brussels conference on Syria will take place on the 29th and 30th of March. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be held in a virtual format.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today said that it has gained access to the Shimelba and Hitsats refugee camps in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region for the first time since November 2020, amid ongoing security concerns.

In the Philippines, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners are helping more than 51,000 people affected by the recent armed conflict in Maguindanao, in the south of the country.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, took part today in the first meeting of a new platform bringing together UN entities in the Arab region in support of sustainable development.

South Sudan received an initial batch of 132,000 doses from COVAX yesterday and will kick off its national vaccine campaign shortly. In Sri Lanka, the UN team there, led by Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, has been working together with UN partners to support the country’s efforts to prevent, respond and vaccinate people.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Organization for Migration and the World Health Organization released a joint statement on the prioritization of COVID-19 vaccination for seafarers and aircrew.

Tomorrow, people around the world will mark Earth Hour, which encourages individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights, for one hour.

Romania has paid its regular budget dues in full. The number of fully paid-up Member States has reached 77.

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