Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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05-May-2021 00:44:19
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the General Assembly’s interactive dialogue to commemorate and promote the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that the security situation in Tigray remains unpredictable and volatile, with active hostilities impeding the scale up of operations in rural areas.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attacks by unidentified gunmen that took place yesterday in the Tillabéri region of Niger, which reportedly resulted in 20 deaths, including civilians.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said that yesterday the Minister of Justice and Human Rights in the country has issued an order establishing a Special Commission of Inquiry to investigate serious crimes, violations of human rights and international humanitarian law allegedly committed by national security forces and their allies.

In Mali, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) have published their quarterly report on human rights violations.

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has concluded today a week-long round of meetings with Yemeni, regional and international interlocutors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Oman.

From Myanmar, the UN team there today reiterated its call on the need to protect healthcare workers and facilities, warning of the impact on public health of the violence since the military takeover of the Government in February.

In Pakistan, the UN country team, led by Resident Coordinator Julien Harneis, is helping authorities address the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of health, humanitarian aid and socio-economic recovery. The UN has supported communications campaigns in multiple languages. They have reached more than 36 million people to date.

On the COVID-19 pandemic and India, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said that they have sent millions of items – including face shields and surgical masks – to the country. UNICEF sent the supplies from its warehouse in Dubai to New Delhi.

An annual report launched today warns that the number of people facing acute food insecurity and needing urgent life and livelihood-saving assistance has hit a five-year high in 2020 in countries beset by food crises. The report was released by the Global Network Against Food Crises - an international alliance of the UN, the EU, governmental and non-governmental agencies working to tackle food crises together.

Today is World Portuguese Language Day.

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