Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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30-Apr-2021 00:21:22
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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On Tuesday, 4 May, the Secretary-General will bring together the heads of the UN system organizations in a virtual meeting of the Chief Executives Board (CEB) to reflect on current world affairs as they affect and relate to the United Nations system’s work.

On India, you will have seen that the Secretary-General tweeted that he and the UN family stand in solidarity with the people of the country as they face a horrific COVID-19 outbreak. The Secretary-General said the UN stands ready to step up our support. And the Resident Coordinator in India, Renata Lok-Dessallien, shares the Secretary-General’s sentiments.

The Secretary-General just tweeted that his heart goes out to the people of Israel following the terrible tragedy at Mount Meron.

Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, took note today of the Palestinian leadership’s decision to postpone Legislative Council elections scheduled for May 22.

The UN’s Special Representative for Central Asia, Natalia Gherman, held telephone conversations today with the foreign ministers of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, to discuss the current situation at the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.

In South Sudan, on Wednesday, humanitarian staff from a United Nations agency and a national non-governmental organization were physically assaulted by youth in separate incidents in the town of Torit in Eastern Equatoria.

In Sudan, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that the security situation in the town of Ag Geneina in western Darfur is stable, but remains tense and unpredictable.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today said that is deeply concerned by the humanitarian consequences of the rapid escalation of violence in northern Mozambique, where some 30,000 people have fled the coastal town of Palma since it came under attack by armed groups on the 24th of March.

On Myanmar, a new report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) says that the number of poor people in the country could double due to combined impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing political crisis.

Bolivia received 92,000 vaccine doses a couple of days ago. This is the second COVAX-backed shipment to the country.

In Brazil, the UN team continues to support national and local authorities to address the multiple impacts of the pandemic, particularly in the Amazon region.

Today, the Secretary-General has released a new report with recommendations and targets to get the world back on track to end AIDS.

Today is the tenth anniversary of International Jazz Day.

Sunday, 2 May, is World Tuna Day. The purpose of the day is to highlight the importance of sustainably managed fish stocks in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

On Monday, at 3.30 p.m., Ambassador Zhang Jun, the Permanent Representative of China and President of the Security Council for May, will be in the Press Briefing Room to brief on the Council’s programme of work for the month.

The United Kingdom has paid its Regular Budget dues in full. This takes the number of fully paid-up Member States to 98.

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