Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General

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29-Jun-2021 00:59:13
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This evening, the Secretary-General is traveling to Paris, where he will take part in the opening segment of the Generation Equality Forum convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico.

We have been advised that the Fifth Committee has reached an agreement on the peacekeeping budgets late last night.

On Ethiopia’s Tigray, the consequences and impact of the declaration of an immediate ceasefire remain unclear.

From Myanmar, I have an update from our colleagues on the ground who tell us, based on numbers received from the human rights component of the office, that a total of 5,202 people are in detention as a result of their opposition to the military takeover.

Turning to Mali, another grim human rights update: our colleagues in the Human Rights component of the peacekeeping mission on the ground recorded 617 human rights abuses, including 165 killings by armed groups. This is an increase of 37 per cent compared to the previous 6 months.

Turning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the city of Beni, over the weekend, three devices exploded inside or close to places of worship.

At the Security Council Open Debate on Cybersecurity this morning, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, said that, as advances in digital technologies continue to revolutionize human life, we have also seen a dramatic increase in the frequency of malicious incidents, from disinformation to the disruption of computer networks.

The African Union-UN hybrid peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur will wrap up its drawdown tomorrow. As you will recall, the Security Council ended the Mission’s mandate last year.

Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., there will be a briefing in this room by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia. At noon, I will be joined here by the Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov. He will brief you on this week’s High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism.
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