Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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27-Apr-2021 00:32:18
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The informal meeting of the 5+1 on the Cyprus issue got underway in Geneva a few hours ago. The Secretary-General decided to organize this meeting following the consultations conducted over the past several months on his behalf by Under-Secretary-General Jane Holl Lute.

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, concluded a two-day visit to Egypt on Monday. Meanwhile, the Office for the Coordination of humanitarian Affairs reports that fierce fighting continues in Yemen’s Marib governorate.

In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the UN colleagues, working with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is in the country and in neighbouring Barbados to provide environmental assistance in support of both governments following La Soufrière’s eruption. The volcano continues to erupt and remains at red alert level.

The following statement was issued yesterday: The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the recent armed clashes in Mogadishu. He reiterates his call for all Somali stakeholders to refrain from further violence and resolve their differences through dialogue and compromise.

At a Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, said there hasn’t been enough progress in the compliance with international humanitarian law to protect civilians and the objects they rely on to survive.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, has carried out a civil-military assessment mission in the Ouham-Pendé prefecture to document facts regarding multiple allegations of human rights violations.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has launched this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan for Colombia. The plan requests $174 million to reach 1.4 million people.

In India, UN colleagues on the ground continue supporting authorities and communities to tackle the impacts of the pandemic. UN entities have been training health workers, including 10,000 nurses through UN Women initiatives. Our UN team also partnered with employers’ and workers’ organizations to promote jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, Jamaica, Paraguay and Ecuador have recently received their second batches of COVAX-backed vaccines.

Today, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has launched a yellow fever vaccination campaign targeting more than 16.3 million people. This is the first such drive against the disease in Africa in 2021.

Mali is the 94th nation to pay its regular budget dues in full this year.

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