COP26, Children and Armed Conflict, COVID-19 & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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01-Nov-2021 00:17:12
Noon briefing by Florencia Soto Nino, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today in Glasgow, Scotland, the Secretary-General delivered the keynote address at the COP26 World Leaders Summit.

The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, today said that tackling the climate emergency can contribute to the protection of millions of conflict-affected children.

In a message issued this morning on the five millionth death worldwide due to COVID-19, the Secretary-General stressed that this is not just a number on a page, but represents lives cut short by a merciless virus that respects no borders.

The UN team in Peru today said that more than 230,000 doses arrived in the country yesterday. This brings the total number of doses Peru has received from COVAX to more than 4.1 million.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that the situation in the northern part of Ethiopia is rapidly deteriorating. This is having a severe impact on civilians.

Over the weekend, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called for the adoption of the necessary adjustments, including those put forward by the High National Commission for Elections (HNEC), to enable the holding of free, fair, inclusive, and credible parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that aid delivery and needs assessments continue in Afghanistan.

On Myanmar, the UN team there remains deeply concerned over the recent escalation in fighting in the northwest between the Myanmar Military and the local Popular Defense Forces in Chin State, as well as Magway and Sagaing regions. This has led to more people being displaced and property being destroyed.

On Friday afternoon, the Secretary-General updated staff here at UN Headquarters on our working arrangements. Starting on November 15th, staff members will no longer telework for up to four days a week. Inside premises at UN Headquarters, all personnel will be required to continue to wear masks in common areas, such as corridors, elevators, and restrooms. Masks are also mandatory in enclosed meeting spaces where the vaccination status of all participants has not been confirmed.

This afternoon at 3 p.m., there will be a hybrid press briefing by Ambassador Juan Ramón de la Fuente Ramírez, President of the Security Council for the month of November and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations. He will brief on the Council’s programme of work for the month.

Sri Lanka has now paid its regular budget dues. That takes us to 135 fully paid-up Member States.

***The guest at the Noon Briefing was Volker Perthes, the Special Representative for Sudan and Head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Khartoum (UNITAMS). He spoke to reporters from Khartoum about the situation in Sudan.

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