Ethiopia, Security Council, Democratic Republic of the Congo, & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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08-Feb-2022 00:20:12
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Deputy Secretary-General continues her visit to Ethiopia.

This morning, in the Security Council, the Head of our UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, briefed the Security Council during closed consultations on Burkina Faso.

Our peacekeeping colleagues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo tell us that tensions remain high in the Ituri province following last week’s attack on the site for displaced people in Savo, 8km southeast of Djugu. There are reported movements of displaced people between Savo and Bule.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said the Horn of Africa is experiencing the driest conditions recorded since 1981, with severe drought leaving an estimated 13 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia facing severe hunger in the first quarter of this year.

On Afghanistan, the UN Human Rights Office says that, nearly three weeks after their disappearances, there is still no news about the whereabouts and well-being of four women activists and their relatives who were detained or abducted in Kabul in connection with the recent women’s rights protests.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today urged the President of Tunisia, Kaïs Saïed, to restore the High Judicial Council, warning that its dissolution would seriously undermine the rule of law, the separation of powers and independence of the judiciary in Tunisia.

Our UN team in Tonga says it is continuing to help the country following last month’s volcanic eruption and tsunami, while also addressing the pandemic.

A quick update from Madagascar, where the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Batsirai has risen to 21, with more than 62,000 men, women and children having been displaced.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Valerie Julliand, continues supporting the response to the pandemic in Indonesia. To date, COVAX has provided more than 93 million vaccine doses to Indonesia..

The UN Refugee Agency, the UN Migration Agency and UNICEF released a statement saying they’re deeply saddened by the news of the death of a baby during an interception at sea off the southeast coast of the island of Trinidad on Sunday.

This afternoon, the Secretary-General will speak at the first session this year of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

We thank our friends in Vienna for Austria’s full payment to the regular budget. They become the 51st Member State to get in on the Honour Roll.

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