Daily Press Briefing: Middle East, Bougainville, Sudan, South Sudan, Abyei, Myanmar, Development Reform, Work/Heart Disease, Covax, Global Road Safety Week, Lgbtiq+, World Telecommunication And Information Society Day, Press Encounters

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17-May-2021 00:24:10
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Our colleagues on the ground in Gaza have reported continued Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, as well as outgoing rocket and mortar fire by Palestinian groups into Israel.

Turning to Bougainville, the Secretary-General welcomes the beginning, this week, of consultations between the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government.

Turning to Sudan, the Secretary-General sent a pre-recorded video message to the International Conference to Support the Sudanese Transition, which was hosted by the Government of France.

In neighbouring South Sudan, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative there, Nicholas Haysom, expressed his alarm over the fresh escalation of violence in Pibor.

Staying in the area, in Abyei, the UN peacekeeping mission there spoke out today against an attack in the village of Dungup in which 11 people were reportedly killed.

From Myanmar, our UNICEF colleagues in the country today called for an immediate halt to the violence and for security forces to protect children in the town of Mindat, in western Chin State, following an uptick of violence over the weekend.

Tomorrow morning, the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, will kick off a three-day virtual session with Member States on the state of the UN development system.

A new analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (WHO) shows that long working hours led to 745,000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease in 2016. This is a 29 per cent increase since 2000.

The Dominican Republic received its second batch of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX last Friday. And also receiving its second COVAX shipment on Friday was Uruguay.

Today marks the start of the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week. The so-called “Love30” campaign promoted during the week is calling on policymakers to limit speeds to 30 km/h on streets where pedestrians, cyclists and others who are most at risk mix with motorized traffic.

Today is the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Today is also World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

Today, the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN, Ambassador Juan Ramón de la Fuente, will brief reporters virtually, following this afternoon’s Security Council briefing on the International Criminal Court and Libya. Tomorrow, at 11 a.m., in the Press Briefing Room, there will be a briefing by Ambassador Sofiane Mimouni, the Permanent Representative of Algeria and Chair of the Arab Group for the month of May.

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