Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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06-Apr-2021 00:29:24
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Early this morning, the Secretary-General addressed virtually the Leaders’ Dialogue on the Africa COVID-Climate Emergency, convened by the African Development Bank and the Global Centre for Excellence on Climate Adaptation.

For her part, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, spoke at the consultation of Ministers of Education of the E9 Digital Learning Initiative in a session entitled “Scaling up Digital Learning to Accelerate Progress Towards SDG4.” The E9 are Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan.

On Myanmar, our colleagues on the ground today say they remain deeply concerned about the impact that the continuing violence is having on the country’s health and education systems.

A quick update from Mali – our colleagues on the ground tell us that the 34 peacekeepers wounded in Friday’s attack in Aguelhok continue to receive medical treatment. Nine of the 34 were evacuated to Dakar, in Senegal, where they are currently being treated for serious injuries in hospital.

Speaking at the Security Council this morning in a prescheduled meeting, the Head of Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said that Friday’s attack on the Mission’s camp in Mali was a reminder of the challenges facing the country and the broader Sahel region.

From South Sudan, as you know, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, David Shearer, will soon leave his position after four years in the country. He will be succeeded by Nicholas Haysom.

In Sudan, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the country, Volker Perthes, today welcomed the decision by the country’s Security and Defence Council to declare a State of Emergency to contain the situation in West Darfur.

Moving onto the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to our partners at the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) in their latest food security analysis for the DRC, one in three people is suffering from acute hunger.

Today, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that it continues to work around the clock to assist thousands of people in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. A recent attack by insurgents on the coastal town of Palma has forced at least 11,000 people to leave their homes, with thousands more reportedly trapped in the area.

This morning, more than 33,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine landed in Barbados. Yesterday, Timor-Leste received 24,000 doses, with several more batches on the way. On Sunday, Azerbaijan received 84,000 doses, with more on the way, with support of the UN and our partners.

The head of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, stressed today that there is not enough COVID-19 vaccine supply to meet demand, with available supplies concentrated in the hands of too few.

Lastly, today is International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

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