Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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13-Apr-2021 00:29:17
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a joint statement, the Republic of Turkey, the State of Qatar and the United Nations, said that they are co-convening a high level and inclusive conference from the 24th of April to the 4th of May between the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban. Turkey will be hosting the conference in Istanbul.

This morning, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo, Zahir Tanin, briefed the Security Council by video link. He said that a strong desire for change was expressed in Kosovo’s recent elections.

In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the World Food Programme today said that its staff with expertise in food security, cash and social protection, vulnerability analysis and logistics have now arrived in Saint Vincent.

In Ethiopia, the Spokesman provided an update on the nutrition situation in Tigray. Multiple displacement sites have reportedly not received food and other assistance since the conflict started five months ago.

The UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan reports that its peacekeepers have assisted victims of a cattle raid in Bouda, in Warrap State.

UNHCR says that following intercommunal clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur, 1,900 people have sought refuge in Chad.

In Mozambique, the UN Children’s Fund today warned that the Cabo Delgado region is facing a large and likely long-lasting humanitarian situation. UNICEF said it is concerned about the rising rate of malnutrition, and also about cholera, which is not yet under control and is spreading to other provinces.

The UN Migration Agency says that at least 42 people have died after a boat operated by smugglers capsized on its way to Djibouti in the early hours of Monday. The boat was transporting approximately 60 migrants, who were escaping the conflict in Yemen.

In Brazil, there are over 13.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 350,000 people have died from the virus. The UN team continues to support local responses, reiterating the importance of preventive measures and focusing on vulnerable groups, including indigenous communities.

Comoros received 12,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses yesterday from the COVAX facility.

In a tweet, the Secretary-General expressed his best wishes to those celebrating Ramadan.

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