Daily Press Briefing: Secretary-General/Press Stakeout, DRC, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Haiti, Covid-19/Africa, UN Office of Counter Terrorism, International Day of Family Remittances, Financial Contribution

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16-Jun-2021 00:18:03
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General will speak to the press following the Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, which will take place on Friday.

The Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Bintou Keita, condemned the proliferation of messages inciting hatred, violence and hostility between communities in several provinces of the country.

From Myanmar, the UN team there said today that they remain deeply concerned about increasing numbers of people being displaced by clashes in Kayah State, in the country’s east.

From Sri Lanka, the Resident Coordinator, Hanaa Singer, today facilitated the rapid deployment of three environmental experts and others to assist with hazardous and noxious substances, marine litter, and environmental impact assessment work related to the wreck of the MV X-Press Pearl cargo ship off the Sri Lankan coast last month.

Turning to eastern Ukraine, where seven years of active fighting have had profound effects on more than five million people in Donetska and Luhanska. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that civilian casualties increased in the first months of 2021, mainly due to mines and explosive remnants of war.

In Haiti, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the number of civilians displaced by clashes between gangs in Port-au-Prince has now reached about 10,000.

Uganda is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19, with nearly 1,000 people admitted to hospitals yesterday alone.

Today, the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism have opened a Programme Office on Parliamentary Engagement in Preventing and Countering Terrorism.

Today is the International Day of Family Remittances.

Andorra has now paid its regular budget dues. This takes us to 108.

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