Nigeria, Ethiopia & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson of the Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General today formalized his prior announcement that Amina Mohammed of Nigeria will continue in her role as Deputy Secretary-General during his second term.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the appalling attacks perpetrated over the weekend in Nigeria’s Zamfara State in which scores of civilians were killed. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

On Friday, we issued a statement in which the Secretary-General welcomed the release from prison in Ethiopia of numerous detainees, including key opposition figures.

This morning in the Security Council, the members were briefed by Mahamet Saleh Annadif, the head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel. He reiterated that insecurity in the Sahel is compromising progress in the entire region.

Today, the Secretary-General spoke by video message to the Opening Ceremony of the World Youth Forum, which is taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, in Egypt. He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected us all, but its impact on young people has been especially heart-breaking.

A note on the tragic news here in New York City. In a tweet this morning, the Secretary-General said that he is deeply saddened by the lives lost in the apartment building fire in the Bronx yesterday, which took the lives of at least 19 people and wounded many others.

The World Intellectual Property Organization has just joined the UN Sustainable Development Group, which gathers all UN entities working to fast-track the Sustainable Development Goals.