Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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

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The Secretary-General is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of President Idriss Déby Itno of Chad this morning. He expresses his deepest condolences to President Déby Itno's family, as well as to the people and the Government of Chad.

In Chad, the situation is characterized by growing humanitarian needs linked to the conflict in the Lake Chad Basin, as well as the effects of climate change. The UN, along with its partners, is continuing operations in the country to assist impacted communities.

Earlier this morning, the Secretary-General participated virtually in a meeting of the Libya Quartet, which brings together the UN, the African Union, the European Union and the League of Arab States.

In Yemen, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs today said that intensified fighting continues across frontline areas in Ma’rib Governorate, leading to large waves of displacement since early February.

The UN country team in Myanmar once more calls on security forces to immediately refrain from violence and to keep children and young people out of harm’s way.

The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said that yesterday, President Faustin Archange Touadera officially launched a ten-day national consultation, which brings together national institutions, local authorities, political parties, civil society as well as religious and traditional leaders.

The Secretary-General welcomes the holding of the 18 April legislative elections in Cabo Verde.

In Venezuela, the World Food Programme (WFP) has reached an agreement with the Government to commence operations with the priority of serving the most vulnerable children.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today said that more than 50,000 Venezuelans have been relocated from Brazil’s isolated northern state of Roraima to 675 different Brazilian cities.

Jordan received the second shipment of over 140,400 doses two days ago, raising the total number of vaccines received through COVAX to 290,000.

Following the Economic and Social Council’s High-level Meeting on “A Vaccine for All” last week, 180 countries endorsed “The Political Declaration on Equitable Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines.”

Today is Chinese Language Day.

Saint Lucia has now paid its regular budget dues. This payment takes us to 90 fully paid-up Member States.

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