Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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23-Nov-2021 00:19:55
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General arrived in Colombia last night. Speaking with journalists at the airport, he said that this is a visit of solidarity with the Colombian people that gives the world a very important example of affirming peace.

Given the security situation in Ethiopia, and out of an abundance of caution, the United Nations has decided to reduce its footprint in the country by temporarily relocating all eligible dependents. It is important to note that staff will remain in Ethiopia to deliver on our mandates.

Jan Kubis, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Libya, has tendered his resignation and the Secretary-General has accepted it with regret. The Secretary-General is working on an appropriate replacement.

Following today’s Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya in the afternoon, Ambassador Juan Ramón de la Fuente, the President of the Security Council and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN, will brief you at the Stakeout. He will speak on behalf of the informal caucus of States Parties to the Rome Statute.

Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, was in Cairo yesterday, where he met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Aboul Gheit. He discussed ongoing developments in Yemen and the role of the region in supporting our efforts.

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reports that on Sunday members of the armed group known as CODECO launched several deadly attacks in the area of Drodro, in the province of Ituri. Around 16,000 people fled to a camp located in the vicinity of the peacekeeping Temporary Operational Base. This camp already hosts more than 21,000 displaced people.

Following the killing of two Dinka men in a road ambush in South Sudan, and a subsequent revenge attack that resulted in the deaths of seven Murle community members, peacekeepers are closely monitoring the security situation in Jonglei and the Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Special Representative for Iraq, briefed the Security Council by VTC from Baghdad this morning on last month’s elections.

Our UN teams in Latin America and the Caribbean have received several batches of COVAX-backed vaccines. Today, Bolivia received over 90,000 doses of vaccines donated by the Government of France. Last week Guatemala received over a million doses. In the Caribbean over 19,000 doses landed in Antigua and Barbuda also last week, with over 60,000 vaccines being administered via COVAX. Ecuador and Nicaragua also received over 620,000 and 134,000 doses respectively, bringing the total numbers to over 1.8 and 2.8 million doses respectively through COVAX.

Tomorrow, some guests from UN Women will present a new report entitled “Measuring the shadow pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19”. Kalliopi Mingeirou, Chief of the Ending Violence Against Women section, and Papa Seck, the Chief of the Research and Data section at UN Women, will be in the room to answer your questions.

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