Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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12-Apr-2021 00:25:25
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke in person this morning at the opening of the Economic and Social Council’s 2021 Forum on Financing for Development.

Turning to Myanmar, I can tell you that the Secretary-General reiterates his deep concern about the developments in that country. The most recent reports of violence and killings by security forces are appalling.

On Nigeria, the Secretary-General strongly condemns the reported attack by militants in Damasak town in Borno State that took place on 11 April, which resulted in five civilian deaths and the destruction of three humanitarian facilities.

Turning to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that the eruption of La Soufrière volcano has left the entire population of the island – nearly 110,000 people – without clean water and electricity and about 20,000 people evacuated need of shelter.

The Security Council this morning heard from Huang Xia, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region. He briefed Council members by videoconference from Nairobi. He spoke about the latest socio-political and security developments in the Great Lakes region.

Turning to Yemen, our good friend, Martin Griffiths, the Special Envoy for Yemen, is today in Berlin in Germany.

Over the weekend, our other friend, Ján Kubiš, the Special Envoy for Libya, concluded a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates.

From Timor-Leste, our team there on the ground, led by the Resident Coordinator, Roy Trivedy, is supporting local authorities following floods that have impacted Díli and other parts of the country.

A quick COVAX update: As of today, nearly 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX have been shipped to 106 countries. More than 250 million doses have been allocated for shipment through May.

Today is a very important day – it is the International Day of Human Space Flight.

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