Migrants/Deaths, Human Rights Day, Covid-19/Jamaica & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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10-Dec-2021 00:12:37
Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General.

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Following consultations with the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Secretary‑General is announcing the appointment of Catherine Russell of the United States as UNICEF’s next Executive Director.

I wanted to flag a horrific story, which I think many of you have seen and the International Organization for Migration today said that at least 54 migrants died in yesterday’s truck crash in Chiapas, in Mexico. This is the single deadliest incident for migrants in Mexico since at least 2014, when IOM began documenting deaths of migrants.

The Security Council is currently in closed consultations on Sudan. Volker Perthes, The Special Representative for the Secretary-General in that country, said in the open meeting that preceded the consultation that in the last six weeks, Sudan’s political transition has been undergoing its greatest crisis to date.

And today is Human Rights Day. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General says that our world is at a crossroads.

A crossline convoy of 14 trucks organized by the World Food Programme (WFP) reached Syria’s northwestern Idlib governorate on 9 and 10 December. The convoy moved from Aleppo to the agency’s warehouses in the opposition-controlled area of Sarmada transporting life saving humanitarian assistance for highly vulnerable families in the northwest.

The UN Refugee Agency says today that it is deeply concerned by renewed intercommunal clashes in Cameroon’s Far North region. At least 22 people have been killed, according to UNHCR. Thousands have been displaced inside the country and more than 30,000 have fled into Chad.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, has made a fresh plea to political leaders to fully implement the 2018 peace agreement.

Jamaica recently received 100,000 doses of vaccines through COVAX, bringing the total number sent by COVAX to Jamaica to more than one million.

Tomorrow is International Mountain Day, and this year’s theme is sustainable mountain tourism.

Sunday is the International Universal Health Coverage Day. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General emphasizes that as we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must urgently strengthen our health systems to ensure they are equitable, resilient and capable of meeting everyone’s needs, including for their mental health.

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