Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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06-Dec-2021 00:25:59
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is appointing Stephanie Williams of the United States as his Special Adviser on Libya.

I’ve been asked for our reaction to the sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar, and I’m sure you will have seen the statement made by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Bachelet condemning that verdict.

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms yesterday’s killing and injuring of a number of unarmed civilians by security forces in Yangon, when a vehicle rammed into protestors who were then fired upon with live ammunition.

Our humanitarian colleagues report that provision of winterization assistance continues across the country.

Security Council members heard from Bintou Keita, the head of the Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Secretary-General’s special representative there.

In the neighbouring Central African Republic, our UN peacekeepers are continuing to patrol the town of Kouango, in the country’s south.

In a statement yesterday on Mali, the Secretary-General condemned the attack perpetrated against civilians on Friday afternoon, near the village of Songho, in central Mali. Reportedly 30 civilians were killed and several wounded and we dispatched peacekeepers to the area.

A senior UN delegation has arrived in Seoul, ahead of the 2021 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting, which begins tomorrow. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Atul Khare and Catherine Pollard, respectively the heads of Peace Operations, the Department Operational Support, as well as the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance, will all three take part in this two-day event, hosted virtually by the Republic of Korea.

A quick COVID update from Botswana. With cases of the Omicron variant detected in the country, the UN team there, led by Resident Coordinator Zia Choudhury, is increasing its support for the Government’s COVID-19 response.

In a statement we issued over the weekend, the Secretary-General welcomed the successful conclusion of the Second Session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction.

This afternoon, the Secretary-General will speak at the General Assembly session to honour the late High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Jorge Sampaio. 

At 2.45 p.m. this afternoon, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will brief you at the Security Council Stakeout ahead of the Council’s Arria Formula meeting on the Protection of Education in Conflict.

The Seychelles has paid up its budget dues in full taking us up to 139 fully paid Member States.

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