Yemen, Libya, South Sudan & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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12-Jan-2022 00:12:20
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Staffan de Mistura, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, began his first visit to the region and landed in Rabat today.

Twelve years ago, Haiti’s capital and surrounding areas were hit by a devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Haitians. We also lost 102 of our colleagues that day. In a Tweet this morning, the Secretary-General said that the victims will never be forgotten. On the ground, the UN’s Deputy Special Representative, and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Bruno Lemarquis, joined a ceremony to mark the sad anniversary.

Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, said that 2022 is starting on a challenging note as the parties in Yemen are doubling down on military options.

In the Central African Republic, colleagues at the peacekeeping mission there said today they have noted a significant increase in the number of improvised explosive devices, especially in the north-west of the country. Among those found since the beginning of the year, 3 out of 5 devices exploded on vehicles belonging to UN peacekeepers or to the country’s army.

The Secretary-General’s latest report on Children and Armed Conflict in Colombia says that despite a steady decrease in violations against children since the signature of the Peace Agreement, more than five years ago, children are suffering from the impact of hostilities.

Tomorrow, Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin, along with Hamid Rashid, Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring at DESA, will brief reporters on the launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects Report 2022.

Liechtenstein and Qatar have joined the honour roll. There are now six countries who have fully paid up their dues for 2022.

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