World Economic Forum, Yemen, Tonga & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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17-Jan-2022 00:21:31
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General delivered a special address to the World Economic Forum. He said the global economic recovery remains fragile and uneven amid the lingering pandemic, persistent labour market challenges, ongoing supply-chain disruptions, rising inflation and looming debt traps.

In response to questions about the situation in the UAE, the Spokesman said the Secretary-General condemns today’s attacks on Abu Dhabi’s International Airport and the nearby industrial area, which reportedly caused several civilian casualties and have been claimed by the Houthis.

The Spokesman provided an update on UN activities in relations to Tonga, following the tsunami that occurred in the aftermath of the massive eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano that hit the country on Saturday.

Since its launch on the 8th of January, the UN-facilitated consultations on a political process in Sudan continued to engage a wide range of Sudanese stakeholders, including political parties and civil society.

Staffan de Mistura, the Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, met with Moroccan officials in Rabat and Frente POLISARIO officials in Tindouf/Rabouni. Today, he is in Nouakchott where he will meet with Mauritanian officials and later this week he is due to travel to Algiers to meet with Algerian officials. 

Stephanie Williams, the Special Adviser on Libya, is in Cairo today, where she reviewed the latest developments in the country with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

On Sunday, El Salvador celebrated the commemoration of the 1992 Peace Agreements, which were followed by a milestone peacekeeping effort.

The UN country team in Myanmar says they are concerned over a further deterioration in the humanitarian and security situation in the southeast of Myanmar, particularly in Kayah and Kayin states, following a recent escalation in fighting in recent weeks.

In Afghanistan, in line with the UN’s commitments to scale up the response in the country, UN humanitarian partners have since September 2021 provided 9.4 million people with food assistance and reached more than 145,600 children with community-based education activities. They have also provided more than 1.6 million people with primary and secondary healthcare and treated more than 275,000 children under five for acute malnutrition.

In a statement, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines, Gustavo Gonzalez, said that one month on, the extent of the damage is now all too clear, with millions of people displaced from their homes and services being overstretched, not just by the typhoon, but by the ongoing pandemic.

In response to questions about Mali, the Spokesman said we are currently in discussions with our Malian partners on the new MINUSMA flight approval mechanism, proposed by them last week. The UN is confident that a solution will be found as soon as possible, which will allow us to resume the normal functioning of our services in accordance with our mandate, for the benefit of Malians and stability in the country.

The International Labour Organization has downgraded its forecast for the labour market recovery in 2022. It projects a deficit in hours worked globally, equivalent to 52 million full-time jobs, relative to the fourth quarter of 2019.

Luxembourg has paid its regular budget dues in full, which takes us to nine countries on the Honour Roll.

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