Holocaust Remembrance, Central Sahel & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General just spoke virtually at the UN Memorial Ceremony marking the International Day for Holocaust remembrance. He said that if we were to observe a minute of silence for each victim, that silence would last more than eleven years.

At a virtual meeting on the Sahel region, Martin Griffiths, the Emergency Relief Coordinator for the United Nations, said that nearly 15 million people in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso will need humanitarian assistance this year. This is four million more than one year ago.

In northern Ethiopia, more people are fleeing their homes due to continued fighting around the town of Abala in Afar province, near the boundary with Tigray province. The clashes are also preventing the delivery of assistance by the only available route into Tigray, with no supplies having arrived there since mid-December.

In Tonga, following today’s earthquake, the UN Resident Coordinator in the Pacific, Sanaka Samarasinha, reported that all UN staff are safe.

From Mozambique, the UN Children’s Fund today said that it is deploying staff and preparing medical and nutrition supplies, water, sanitation and hygiene kits. It is also setting up temporary learning spaces to support children and families impacted by Tropical Storm Ana, which made landfall on central and northern Mozambique on January 24th.

The Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, briefed the Council yesterday afternoon and said that despite continued violence and suffering, it is clear that a strategic stalemate exists there.

The UN Environment Programme, along with some partners, today released a report which says that G20 countries need to invest $285 billion every year by 2050 in nature-based solutions to address the climate, biodiversity, and land degradation crises. However, the report found that the current G20 spending is only $120 billion per year.

The Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme, released the Hunger Hotspots report. The report warns that acute food insecurity is likely to deteriorate further in 20 countries or situations - called the hunger hotspots – during the period from February to May of this year. HONOUR

Cuba and Kuwait have paid their dues in full, bringing the honour roll to 31.