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2 December 2021


Security situation at UN Headquarters & other topics - Daily Press Briefing


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Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General.

At about 10:45 a.m., a UN staff member who was entering the building at the 43rd Street gate alerted the UN guards at the gate that there a man with what appears to be a shotgun on First Avenue. The New York Police Department was immediately alerted by UN Security and our security services took the decision to lock down the compound. The police activity ended calmly at 1:40 p.m. The person in question was taken into custody by the New York City Police Department.

This morning, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched its annual Global Humanitarian Overview, which is an assessment of global humanitarian needs for next year, how we plan to respond, and what it will cost.

Aid distributions and needs assessments are continuing across Afghanistan, with a focus on food and cash assistance, non-food items, and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies.

In Libya, the Special Envoy for Libya, Ján Kubiš, yesterday met with the Chairman of Libya’s High National Elections Commission, Dr. Imad al-Sayeh, in Tripoli.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic says that, on Monday, combatants presumably belonging to the armed group 3R (Retour, Reclamation et Rehabilitation) attacked four villages southwest of Bocaranga, in the Ouham-Pende prefecture. At least 29 civilians and two Central African soldiers were reportedly killed.

Christian Ritscher, the Special Adviser to the UN Investigative Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) briefed the Security Council for the first time this morning.

Authorities in Mozambique confirmed two days ago two suspected cases of the Omicron variant. The UN team, led by the Resident Coordinator, Myrta Kaulard, is increasing its support on the health and socioeconomic fronts, working with authorities, the private sector and civil society.

From Myanmar, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) today launched the first national standards for hotlines to address gender-based violence, as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

Our colleagues in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said that food commodity prices in the international market rose for the fourth consecutive month in November. This was led by strong demand for wheat and dairy products.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) today launched the bodyright campaign in a bid to end rising online violence. The campaign highlights that corporate logos and copyrighted Intellectual Property are more highly valued and better protected than images of people’s bodies are online.

Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. In his message, the Secretary-General stresses that we must never forget the immeasurable suffering of millions of African men, women and children under the evil of the transatlantic slave trade.

Since yesterday, a limited number of guided tours are being offered at the UN. There is a limit of 10 people per tour, and they will take place from 10 am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.

I just want to say a big online hello to the participants of the 2021 UN Virtual Training Programme for Palestinian journalists, who are listening in.

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