Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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29-Apr-2021 00:23:33
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today, in Geneva, the Secretary-General concluded the informal 5+1 talks on the Cyprus issue.

The Secretary-General will travel to Moscow next month, on 12 May, at the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation.

The Special Envoy for Libya, Ján Kubiš, has been back in Libya since Monday. Mr. Kubiš is briefing the members of the Security Council in an informal session today.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that the complex and unpredictable security situation continues to impede the freedom of humanitarian movement to reach people in need in Ethiopia, in the Tigray region.

At the end of a two-day visit to Burundi, the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said he was encouraged to see an increased focus on finding solutions for refugees, especially for Burundians.

The World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that unrelenting drought in southern Madagascar is forcing hundreds of thousands of people to the brink of famine.

Albania received its second shipment of COVAX doses earlier this month. More than 430,000 people have been vaccinated in the country since January.

In Bhutan, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Gerald Daly, has helped the Government vaccinate everyone eligible in the country in one week, with 30 percent of the people vaccinated within the first two days.

In the wake of heavy flooding in Timor-Leste, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Roy Trivedy, is continuing to support the Government’s response while also working to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today warned of the continued increase of refugee and migrant deaths at sea after the latest reports of at least 17 people dying in the North Atlantic while attempting to reach the Canary Islands.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been informed that the Government of the United Kingdom intends to implement an approximate 85 per cent cut to UNFPA Supplies, the UNFPA flagship programme for family planning, this year. UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem, said these cuts will be devastating for women and girls and their families across the world.

Bangladesh, Qatar and Uzbekistan have now paid their regular budget dues. This takes the number of fully paid-up Member States to 97.

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