Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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31-Mar-2021 00:35:35
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement, the Secretary-General today said that over the years, the Sultanate of Oman has played an important role in building bridges for peace in the region, including in Yemen.

Yemen today received 360,000 vaccine doses shipped via the COVAX facility.

This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, took part virtually in the Climate and Development Ministerial meeting, co-hosted by the United Kingdom.

Today, the Secretary-General was awarded the International Four Freedoms Award by the Roosevelt Foundation.

In Afghanistan, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that three female polio workers were killed yesterday in Nangarhar province in Jalalabad.

In Mozambique, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that the escalation of violence in Cabo Delgado Province continues to drive massive displacement, following the recent attacks by non-state armed groups and ongoing clashes reported in Palma since 24 March.

In Ethiopia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said the situation in Tigray remains extremely dire. Access in parts of Southern and South Eastern Tigray has been curtailed for a month and the road from Alamata to Mekelle remains closed, blocking humanitarian response in the area.

A new report released today by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says that community-based militias in the country were responsible for 78 per cent of killings and injuries caused to civilians, as well as abductions and conflict-related sexual violence during the attacks in pockets of South Sudan.

In Niger, the Secretary-General is following with great concern the unfolding developments in the country.

Yesterday, the Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Mahamet Saleh Annadif, met with representatives of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as well as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to discuss repairs to Timbuktu's cultural heritage, following the damage it suffered in 2012.

Participants at the fifth Brussels conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” pledged $ 4.4 billion for 2021, and another $ 2 billion for 2022. In addition, international financial institutions and donors announced around $7 billion in loans on concessional terms.

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