Libya, Myanmar, Sudan & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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23-Dec-2021 00:15:13
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Stephanie Williams, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Libya, noted that yesterday, the High National Elections Commission in that country announced that despite its technical preparedness, it is unable to meet the 24 December 2021 date set by the political roadmap for national elections.

The Secretariat is aware of the announcement on 20 December by the de facto authorities in Myanmar informing of their decision to end their hosting of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar on the basis of Christine Schraner Burgener ending her tenure as Special Envoy.

On Sudan, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, said she is gravely concerned about the situation in the country following reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment perpetrated against women and girls by the security forces during demonstrations in Khartoum this past Sunday, 19 December.

On Yemen, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that UN Humanitarian Air Service – UNHAS – flights into and out of Sana’a airport scheduled for today have been cancelled.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said it is stepping up its presence and aid delivery to help a growing number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants crossing by foot across Chile’s northern border with Bolivia.

On the Philippines, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, today announced a $12 million rapid response allocation from the Central Emergency Response Fund to support the response to Typhoon Rai.

The Grenada and North Macedonia have now paid their regular budget dues. We are now up to 144 fully paid-up Member States.

This is the last briefing we intend to have this year, since UN Headquarters is closed tomorrow for the Christmas holiday and, as we usually do, we won’t have any briefings during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The noon briefing will resume on Tuesday, 4 January 2022.

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