Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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01-Apr-2021 00:22:34
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Joanna Wronecka of Poland as his new Special Coordinator for Lebanon.

I have an update for you on the cross-border operation in Syria, which the Secretary-General spoke about earlier this week and underscored the importance of. In March, 920 trucks carrying humanitarian assistance crossed from Turkey into northwest Syria through Bab Al-Hawa. This is the only crossing open to the UN at this point. Over 1,000 trucks of UN assistance cross through Bab al-Hawa every month, as authorized by the Security Council.

Staying in the region, the Special Coordinator for the peace process, Tor Wennesland, today welcomed progress made towards the Palestinian elections.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to worsen. With fuel and food prices at double or even triple the pre-conflict averages and the depreciation of the Yemeni Rial, the threat of hunger for millions is a reality.

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia today called on States in the region to protect all people fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar.

A follow-up to the situation in Niger and the survivors of last week’s deadly attack in the Tahoua region. The UN Refugee Agency says that most of the victims were internally displaced people who had already fled violence. Six refugees from Mali were also among the 137 people killed, according to the latest reports. Shelters and granaries were burned to the ground during the attack. Cattle were stolen or killed.

In Egypt, nearly 900,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived last night.

The UN Population Fund says that more and more women and girls are facing the deadly consequences of the continuing crisis in Venezuela.

Tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day.

At 4:00 p.m. today, the President of the Security Council for the month of April, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy of Viet Nam, will brief you on the Council’s programme of work for the month.

Thank you to our friends in Managua as Nicaragua has paid its regular budget dues in full taking us up 83 fully paid-up Member States.

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