UN Chief travels to Colombia, Afghanistan & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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22-Nov-2021 00:17:02
Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is heading to Colombia to participate in celebrations of the Fifth Anniversary of the signing of the 2016 Final Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the former FARC-EP. 

The Deputy Secretary-General spoke at a General Assembly meeting on the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. She said that renewed and reinvigorated global action against this crime is needed more than ever.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in an alarming report about the banking and financial systems in Afghanistan, says that non-performing loans in the credit market have increased from around 30 percent at the end of 2020 to 57 percent in September of this year.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that the humanitarian response in Afghanistan is scaling up with improved funding and access to life-saving aid. However, needs and vulnerabilities are increasing and outpacing the capacity of humanitarians to reach people in crisis.

The United Nations is deeply concerned by the intensification of arbitrary arrests in Myanmar. The targeting of members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), affiliates and others promoting a return to Myanmar's democratic path, and those exercising their most basic rights to peaceful assembly. These arbitrary arrests must stop.

This morning, the Security Council held an open debate on the impact of Trafficking of Arms on Peace and Security.

The Secretary-General’s Representative in the Federated States of Micronesia, Resident Coordinator Jaap van Hierden, presented his credentials to authorities today.

On Friday afternoon, the Secretary-General appointed Caroline Ziadeh of Lebanon as his new Special Representative and Head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, or UNMIK. Ms. Ziadeh succeeds Zahir Tanin of Afghanistan.

The guests at the noon briefing today were the Under-Secretaries-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Atul Khare and Catherine Pollard, the Heads of the departments of Peacekeeping, Operational Support and Management. They were joined by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea, Ambassador Cho Hyun. They briefed reporters on the 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Meeting, which will be held from the 7th to the 8th of December.

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