Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
The Secretary-General continues to closely follow the situation in Burkina Faso. He takes note of the suspension of Burkina Faso from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as its decision to deploy a mission of the regional Chiefs of Defense staff to the country tomorrow, followed by a Ministerial delegation next week.
On Myanmar, nearly one year after the takeover, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, urged the international community to intensify pressure on the military to stop its campaign of violence against the people of the country and to insist on the prompt restoration of civilian rule.
Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General in the Office of Counter-Terrorism, briefed the Security Council yesterday afternoon about the attack that Da’esh launched last week at al-Sina’a prison in Al-Hasakah city in northeast Syria. He said that the attack has resulted in the escape of an unknown number of Da’esh prisoners from a facility reported to hold around 3,000 Da’esh fighters.
The Emergency Relief Coordinator has just allocated $20 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support the humanitarian response to newly displaced people in Marib, Al Jawf and Hadramawt, in Yemen.
On Ethiopia, the World Food Programme (WFP) has a new food security assessment today which found that nearly 40 per cent of people in Tigray are suffering from an extreme lack of food, after 15 months of conflict.
On the impacts of Tropical Storm Ana that hit Mozambique on 24 January, our UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Mozambique, Myrta Kaulard, said that heavy rainfall first hit areas in the south, which are very densely populated areas, moving into the western part of the country. This brought torrential rains which led to the overflowing of rivers, destroying key infrastructure such as electricity, roads and bridges.
The Resident Coordinator for that part of the Pacific, Sanaka Samarasinha, continues to work with Tongan authorities and others in the wake of the massive volcanic eruption earlier this month which affected more than 80 per cent of the country’s people. Yesterday’s 6.2-magnitude earthquake had no impact on the people of Tonga or neighbouring islands.
In Colombia, the UN Mission there condemns the attack suffered by its local team in Puerto Nuevo, Guaviare, when it was carrying out a joint mission with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and a non-governmental organization.
In Peru, the UN technical mission is providing support to address the oil spill that caused a major ecological disaster there two weeks ago.
Yesterday, Guatemala received nearly 700,000 vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility.
Algeria, Azerbaijan, Brunei Darussalam, the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam have paid their dues in full, bringing the honour roll to 37.