SG travels, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso, & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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02-Feb-2022 00:18:34
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General leaves today for Beijing where he will be attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday.

Yesterday afternoon, the Secretary-General spoke to reporters at the stakeout to say that, as he prepares to leave for the Winter Olympics, he is making the strongest possible appeal for all parties in Ethiopia for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

The Head of the UN Peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bintou Keita, strongly condemned an attack yesterday evening by CODECO militias against a site for internally displaced people in Savo, in the Ituri Province.

The head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamet Saleh Annadif, is travelling today to Accra, in Ghana, where he will take part in the second extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on the political situation in Burkina Faso.

The UN is aware of a recent media interview given by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, and regret misrepresentation indicating that she used the term “power sharing” in the context of the current crisis in Myanmar.

Turning to Syria, two baby girls, one a week old and the other two months old, passed away yesterday, reportedly due to exposure to the cold. Both children lived in displacement camps in the Idlib countryside.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said today in a tweet that the Taliban released two Ariana News reporters that they had detained.

Today is World Wetlands Day, and the theme this year is Wetlands Action for People and Nature.

The Secretary-General has appointed Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr of Nigeria as Force Commander for the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei, known as UNISFA.

France and Tuvalu have paid their dues in full for this year, taking the Honour Roll to 43 members.

Brenda Barton, the World Food Programme Country Director for the Philippines briefed reporters virtually on the humanitarian situation in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette.

Tomorrow at 11 a.m., there will be a hybrid press briefing by the European Union Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, on the UN’s Ocean and Biodiversity agendas from the EU perspective.

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