Burkina Faso, Syria, Yemen & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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24-Jan-2022 00:25:24
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is following developments in Burkina Faso with deep concern. He is particularly worried about the whereabouts and safety of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, as well as the worsening security situation, following the coup carried out on January 23rd by sections of the armed forces.

The Secretary-General remains deeply concerned about the continued escalation of cross-border attacks against the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, as well as the recent airstrikes in Sana’a, in Saada city, Hudaydah and elsewhere in Yemen.

On January 20th, an attack on the prison in in Al-Hasakeh city resulted in rapidly escalating hostilities with gunfire and explosions reported from the area. Civilian casualties have been reported and about 45,000 people have reportedly been displaced from their homes.

The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Rosemary Di-Carlo, briefed the Security Council on the situation in Libya.

The Spokesman provided an update on Afghanistan, following the 5.3 magnitude earthquake that struck in Qadis District on 17 January.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that as of today, some 2.9 million people will need humanitarian assistance this year in Ukraine, with most of these people living in non-Government-controlled areas in the east.

In Tonga, humanitarians on the ground are continuing to support the Government in its response to the disaster.

The Spokesman provided an update regarding the oil spill in Peru, which was linked to the volcano eruption in Tonga. A team of nine UN international experts landed today in the capital, Lima. They will carry out a rapid assessment of the social and environmental impacts of this disaster, supporting the authorities to manage and coordinate their response.

Peru yesterday received nearly 2 million COVID vaccines from COVAX. In total they have received 8.2 million. Today, Paraguay received more than 460,000 doses donated by Germany, through COVAX.

Today is the International Day of Education. In his message to mark the day, the Secretary-General noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused chaos in education worldwide, and school closures continue to disrupt the lives of millions of students.

The UN Human Rights Office condemns the murder of journalist María de Lourdes Maldonado López on Sunday in Tijuana, as we do all attacks against journalists, especially when linked to their journalistic work.

Barbados, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and India are the latest Member States to contribute to the Honour Roll, bringing us up to 24.

Mark Cutts, the United Nations Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis, joined the briefing virtually from Gaziantep, in Turkey. He provided an update on the humanitarian situation on the ground, especially in northern Syria.
Also, Charles North, the acting Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education briefed reporters on the impact of the pandemic on education

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