Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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04-May-2021 00:24:39
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning the Secretary-General opened a virtual meeting of the Chief Executives Board to allow the heads of the UN system to reflect on current world affairs as they impact and relate to the United Nations system’s work.

This morning, the Security Council held a debate by video conference on Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the meeting, Council members were briefed by the EU High Representative, Valentin Inzko, on the latest report from his Office.

This morning, the Secretary-General sent a message to the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals. In his message, delivered on his behalf by Maria Francesca Spatolisano, the Assistant Secretary-General of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Secretary-General said that the pandemic has revealed as never before the importance of science, technology and innovation for our well-being and survival.

Our team on the ground says they’re increasingly concerned over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Myanmar more than three months after the military seized control.

In Syria we are particularly concerned about the rising cases of the COVID-19 virus across Syria, including in the Al Hol camp in the northeast where an estimated 60,000 people live.

In Yemen, torrential rains and flooding have continued across many parts of the country since mid-April.

The Special Envoy for Libya, Ján Kubiš, today transmitted the draft proposal for the constitutional basis for the elections to the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.

In Madagascar, where we’ve been telling you of the dire conditions, the UN team is working there with authorities to address record-high food insecurity and an upsurge of severe acute malnutrition caused by droughts, sandstorms and caterpillar plagues in the southern part of the island.

Our colleagues at the International Organization for Migration warned that, due to funding shortages, more than 800,000 people in the country could see their access to health care cut.

The Development Coordination Office says that Silvia Rucks of Uruguay has been appointed as the new Resident Coordinator in Brazil.

Brazil has now received more than 3.9 million doses of the COVAX-backed vaccine over the weekend to support the national vaccination efforts.

Today, the UN Refugee Agency warned of the mounting number of refugee and migrant deaths in the Central Mediterranean.

This morning, the UN Food Systems Summit hosted a Global Youth Summit Dialogue, which brought together 100 youth advocates from across the globe who champion a range of issues in their local contexts – from agriculture to education to climate.

The Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme will launch the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Then at noon, after our briefing I will be joined by the WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer, Elizabeth Iro and the Chief Executive of the International Confederation of Midwives, Dr. Sally Pairman. They will brief on the State of the World’s Midwifery 2021, jointly released by WHO, the UN Population Fund and International Confederation of Midwives.

Chile has paid its dues in full, taking us up to 99 fully paid Member States.

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