Yemen, Libya & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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16-Feb-2022 01:26:51
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General will be heading out of New York this evening. He will first go to Germany, where he will attend the Munich Security Conference. Then, on 22 February, the Secretary-General will arrive in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he will attend the 10th Summit of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region. Finally, he will the go on to Geneva to deliver remarks at the opening of the 49th regular session of the Human Rights Council.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, is in Haiti, where she arrived this morning in Port-au-Prince, to attend an International Event for the Financing of the Reconstruction of Haiti’s Southern Peninsula following the August 2021 earthquake.

The Secretary-General spoke at today’s Security Council meeting on the relations between the UN and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Yesterday afternoon, Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, and Martin Griffiths, the head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, briefed the Security Council on Yemen.

In Libya, the humanitarian situation has improved in the past year, with a 40 per cent reduction in the number of people in need - to 800,000, down from 1.3 million in 2021 - and a steady decrease in the number of internally displaced persons.

From South Sudan, the Humanitarian Coordinator there, Sara Beysolow Nyanti, today strongly condemned the continuing violence in the country that is impacting the safety of civilians and humanitarian workers and disrupts the delivery of aid and services to vulnerable people.

From Myanmar, the UN Country Team there tells us that it remains concerned over the deteriorating security, humanitarian and human rights situations due to heightened conflict.

Geir Pedersen, the Special Envoy for Syria, met today in Damascus with Syrian Foreign Minister, Fayssal Mekdad. He told reporters afterward that they had had very thorough, in-depth discussions on all aspects of the Syrian crisis.

In the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the UN team there, led by the Resident Coordinator, Sara Sekkenes, continues to support the response to the pandemic.

***The guest at the Noon Briefing today was the UN Resident Coordinator for Tonga, Sanaka Samarasinha, who spoke to reporters following the one-month anniversary of the volcano and tsunami that hit Tonga.

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