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02-Jun-2021 00:24:32
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General delivered remarks by video at the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, which is taking place today in Santiago, in Chile.

The Food and Agriculture Organization today published a scientific review showing that due to the impact of climate change, plant pests that ravage economically important crops are becoming more and more destructive.

The Secretary-General is aware of and deeply concerned by the financial difficulties faced by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

In response to questions about a statement made by Ansar Allah concerning the UN’s involvement in trying to secure the Safer tanker, the Spokesman said the statement is clearly disappointing. It would seem to confirm that Ansar Allah is not ready to provide the assurances the UN needs to deploy a UN mission to the Safer tanker.

The Head of the Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, has now arrived in Bangui. As we mentioned yesterday, he is part of a high-level delegation that includes the African Union, the Economic Community of Central African States as well as the European Union.

The Secretary-General will address the Berlin Conference on Libya on the 23rd of June via video conference and his Special Envoy for Libya and also Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, will participate in person.

In a statement issued yesterday on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the attacks by suspected members of the ADF, the Allied Democratic Forces in the eastern part of the Congo.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that the overall security situation in Tigray region remains highly complex. While hostilities have largely ceased in boundary areas with Eritrea, from North-Western to Eastern Zones, since March, access to these areas is often denied.

Following his appointment as the new Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, has started his first official tour of the region.

Heavy fighting and airstrikes continue from last week, impacting nearly all districts in Laghman Province.

In Myanmar, where schools are reportedly reopening, UN colleagues on the ground today warned that attacks on schools, and education facilities are continuing.

In Sri Lanka, the UN team on the ground is supporting the Government as the country faces one of its worst environmental disasters after a cargo ship carrying chemicals caught fire off its coast on the 21st of last month.

A report issued by the ILO, the International Labour Organization, shows that the labour market crisis created by COVID is far from over. The “World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021” shows that employment growth will be insufficient to make up for the losses suffered at least until 2023.

UNICEF today announced it has signed a long-term agreement with Moderna to supply doses for the COVAX facility.

At 4:30 p.m. today, the Co-Chairs of the Group of Friends of Women of the Sahel – the Permanent Representative of Niger, Ambassador Abdou Abarry; along with the Permanent Observer of the African Union, Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed; and the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the UN, Ambassador Olof Skoog, will brief reporters at the Security Council Stakeout.

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