Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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09-Apr-2021 00:27:53
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is saddened at the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He extends condolences to Her Majesty, the Queen, and to the people of the United Kingdom.

Ahead of Sunday’s presidential election in Benin, the Secretary-General calls on all national stakeholders to ensure that the poll is conducted in a transparent, credible and peaceful manner.

The Secretary-General welcomes the steps announced by the International Monetary and Finance Committee and the World Bank Group Development Committee to address debt crises and other damage arising from the Covid-19 crisis.

On Myanmar, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, has arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, for talks.

The UN Human Rights Office in Sudan is appalled by the latest resurgence in fighting in West Darfur that has killed at least 87 people and forced thousands to flee their homes.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Joint Human Rights Office has expressed its concerns, following acts of violence committed by police against some protesters in the eastern province of North Kivu.

In Niger, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs say that about 1.6 million people in the country are likely to face severe food insecurity, from March through May.

As Chad prepares for the presidential election on the 11th of April 2021, the Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to work towards a peaceful and credible electoral process.

The La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines erupted today. As part its response, the UN Emergency Technical Team for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries met today to discuss preparedness and the pre-positioning of relief items.

In Chile, the UN Team is helping local authorities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the face of a rising number of cases.

In Libya, nearly 60,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Tripoli yesterday through COVAX.

The International Organization for Migration today said that hundreds of people displaced by recent attacks in Palma have found temporary shelter this week in a transit centre established in Pemba City by the Government of Mozambique, with support from the IOM and partners.

The Spokesman shared an update on the FSO SAFER vessel to reiterate that the UN is making every effort to resolve all pending logistical issues and security arrangements.

The Secretary-General is appointing Lieutenant General Marcos De Sá Affonso Da Costa of Brazil as Force Commander of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as MONUSCO.

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