The Gambia, Ethiopia, Central African Republic & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General.


The Secretary-General welcomes the completion of the work of the Gambian Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission and the submission of its final report on 25 November to the President of the Republic of The Gambia.

Moving to the other side of the continent in Ethiopia, in the northern part of the country, our humanitarian colleagues have advised us that the conflict there continues to drive large-scale displacement, loss of livelihoods and limited access to markets, food and basic services.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic reports that positions belonging to the Central African army in the Ouaka Prefecture, were attacked yesterday by a large number of combatants from the UPC armed group (Unité pour la Paix en Centrafique).

In a joint communiqué which followed the UN/African Union Conference which took place earlier this week and which was just approved last night, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Secretary-General expressed concern over the emergence of the new Omicron variant.

Update from Myanmar, where the International Labour Organization in the country today called on employers in Myanmar to take action and measures to prevent violence and harassment in the workplace.

From the Solomon Islands, the UN team in the country, led by Resident Coordinator Sanaka Samarasinha, stands ready to support the Government to assess needs and the displacement of people following more than a week of political unrest in the country.

Our UN team in Malawi is stepping up its support for surveillance and prevention, following the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year the theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”