Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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21-Apr-2021 00:30:34
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General will go to Geneva for the informal 5 + 1 meeting on the Cyprus issue, which will be held from the 27th to the 29th of April.

In a joint statement, the co-conveners of the Istanbul conference on the Afghanistan peace process said that in view of the recent developments, and after extensive consultations with the parties, it has been agreed to postpone the conference to a later date when conditions for making meaningful progress would be more favourable.

The Secretary-General welcomes the convening of the upcoming ASEAN Leaders' Meeting on April 24th, which is set to discuss the current situation in Myanmar.

Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will be taking part in the Climate Summit organized by the United States President Joseph R. Biden.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke, by pre-recorded video message, at the launch of the Second World Oceans Assessment.

Quick update on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, following yesterday’s briefing. In response to the Government’s request for international assistance, and in coordination with the UN Resident Coordinator’s office and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, a 13-person joint environment mission from the UN Environment Programme and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is deploying to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

In Ethiopia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that while there have been some recent improvements in the humanitarian access in Tigray, the situation in the region remains alarming with active conflict in some areas restricting humanitarian movement and response.

Yesterday, the Secretary-General met virtually with counterparts in the African Union, the European Union and the League of Arab States, gathering as the Libya Quartet.

In response to questions about an attack in Côte d’Ivoire that took place earlier today, the Spokesman said the Secretary-General notes with concern the attack perpetrated by unknown individuals against an Ivorian military base in Abidjan in the early hours of April 21, today.

UN teams are supporting vaccination efforts across the Pacific. Fiji received its second batch of 24,000 vaccines just two days ago. Samoa received 24,000 doses through COVAX earlier this month.

Today is World Creativity and Innovation Day.

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