Holocaust, Senior Personnel Appointment, Burkina Faso, & other topics - Daily Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stephen Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.


This evening the Secretary-General will make remarks at the Park East Synagogue at its annual ceremony in remembrance of the Holocaust. Just as a reminder this is a virtual event.

Today, the Secretary-General is announcing the appointment of Volker Türk of Austria as Under-Secretary-General for Policy in the Secretary-General’s own Executive Office.

This morning, the Secretary-General reiterated his deep concern following the coup d'état in Burkina Faso.

This morning, the Secretary-General addressed the Security Council on the Open Debate on War in Cities: Protection of Civilians in Urban Settings.

I want to flag the Secretary-General’s call for the observance of the Olympic Truce for the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are starting next week in China.

Yesterday you heard from Mark Cutts about the severe winter weather in northern Syria and its humanitarian impact. Given the urgency of the crisis, the current priority is to keep the roads open.

Our colleagues, Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen, and David Gressley, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, said today that they are alarmed by the escalating spiral of violence that continues to harm civilians and is spilling over its borders. January will almost certainly be a record-shattering month for civilian casualties in Yemen, they warned.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic reports that its Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration component inaugurated a Community Violence Reduction project in several localities in Ndele, in the Bamingui-Bangoran prefecture. The project aims to help reduce violence within the communities and provide a platform for young people, women and others for dialogue.

From South Sudan, the UN Mission there said today that it is deeply concerned about reports of an attack in Baidit, in Jonglei State, allegedly carried out by people from the Murle community.

The International Organization for Migration today warned that the deteriorating drought conditions in Somalia could displace more than 1 million people by April if urgent action is not taken now. IOM noted that water scarcity is the worst in 40 years in some parts of the country and boreholes and shallow wells are running dry.

Just to let you know that in Haiti we are participating with the Government’s initial assessment following the earthquake in the department of Nippes – in the South-West- it was hit yesterday by two earthquakes. Our colleagues are monitoring the situation closely and remain in contact with local authorities.

The Secretary-General is following political developments in Honduras. He calls for constructive and peaceful dialogue to resolve differences within the framework of the constitutional process.

In India, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Shombi Sharp, continues to support authorities to curb the spread of the virus. This includes developing robust surveillance and monitoring measures, boosting lab capacity, developing response plans, procuring and distributing personal protective equipment, training health care workers, and disseminating life-saving information.

We want to thank four countries today. Estonia, Malta, Poland and Sweden, who have joined the Honour Roll.