Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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14-Apr-2021 00:25:19
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Nearly half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to decide whether to have sex with their partners, use contraception or seek health care. That’s according to the UN Population Fund’s 2021 flagship State of World Population report, which was released today.

Pramila Patten, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, briefed Security Council members this morning.

In Tigray, Ethiopia, despite improvements in access, active conflict continues in some areas restricting the humanitarian response, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The UN Mission in Afghanistan today released a report showing the number of civilians killed and injured in Afghanistan during the first three months of 2021 has been significantly higher than a year ago.

Today, Martin Griffiths, the Special Envoy for Yemen, is in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. He was there to meet with the president of Yemen’s Southern Transitional Council, Aidaroos Al-Zubaidi, and they discussed the latest developments in Yemen.

The UN Special Envoy for Libya, Ján Kubiš, concluded his first visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa. He held discussions with senior AU officials on ways to strengthen the UN-AU cooperation in support of Libya and the region.

Earlier today, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the head of the Mission there, Bintou Keita, arrived in Beni, in the eastern province of North-Kivu.

The Country Team in Myanmar remains deeply concerned over the ongoing use of force against children, including live ammunition. The Country Team continues to call on security forces to refrain from violence and to keep children and young people out of harm’s way.

A week ago, several Eastern Caribbean countries received their first batches of COVAX- vaccines backed by the COVAX facility. In addition to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Saint Lucia received 24,000 doses each, while Dominica received nearly 29,000 doses. Saint Kitts and Nevis got nearly 22,000 vaccines.

Today is the World Chagas Disease Day.

China has paid its budget dues in full. There are now 88 Member States this year who have paid their dues in full.

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