Secretary-General/Resident Coordinators, Senior Personnel Appointments, Haiti & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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14-Dec-2021 01:36:16
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This week, the Secretary-General has convened a Global Meeting with 130 Resident Coordinators, who lead our UN teams across the globe.

The Secretary-General is appointing Joyce Msuya of the United Republic of Tanzania as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. She succeeds Ursula Mueller of Germany.

We join our colleagues in Haiti to express our deepest condolences and solidarity with the Haitian people, following the gas tanker explosion overnight in the northern city of Cap-Haitien. The UN on the ground has already mobilized to support national authorities in response to this tragic accident.

The UN Mission in Mali reports to us that a peacekeeping patrol today hit an Improvised Explosive Device near a camp in the Kidal Region. Preliminary reports indicate that two peacekeepers were injured and then transferred to a hospital for treatment.

The situation in the north of Ethiopia remains highly unpredictable and volatile, with continued fighting in several areas significantly affecting humanitarian access and response. Humanitarian needs have increased primarily due to large-scale displacements.

This morning, in an oral update on the situation of human rights in the country, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada Al-Nashif, warned that the people of Afghanistan today face a profound humanitarian crisis that threatens the most basic of human rights.

The World Food Programme (WFP) today said that, so far in 2021, it has assisted 15 million people, with 7 million people assisted in November alone – that’s up from 4 million in September. WFP has also been able to preposition food in strategic locations across the northeast and central highlands of Afghanistan, where heavy winter snows can cut off communities from assistance.

Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, told the Security Council this morning that he is deeply alarmed by the ongoing military escalation and continued violence in Yemen.

Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, will brief the Security Council at 3 pm in an open meeting concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which, as you know, deals with Iran and nuclear non-proliferation.

As the twentieth replenishment process of the International Development Association, or IDA20, gets underway today, the Secretary-General said its success is needed to avoid economic collapse in vulnerable middle- and low-income countries struggling to overcome a protracted pandemic and recover their economies. For her part, the Deputy Secretary-General said the IDA20 replenishment is critical to retain hope of delivering on the commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in developing and low-income countries.

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