Guinea-Bissau, DPR Korea & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

In the statement issued this morning, the Secretary-General said that he is deeply concerned with the news of heavy fighting in Bissau. He asks for an immediate end to the fighting and for full respect of the country’s democratic institutions.

In a statement issued this morning, the Secretary-General condemns the launch of a ballistic missile of possible intermediate range by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 30 January.

The head of our UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, has concluded his mission to Burkina Faso.

We note the verdict rendered Saturday by the Military Court of Ex-Kasai Occidental, resulting in the conviction of Colonel Jean de Dieu Mambweni, Thomas Nkashama, Jean Bosco Mukanda and others associated with them for the killings of Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp, who were members of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warns that funding shortages are threatening to cut lifesaving assistance for millions of vulnerable people across Yemen.

The UN Human Rights Office today said that it is very alarmed at the continued disappearance of six people who were abducted in Kabul two weeks ago in connection with the recent women’s rights protests.

The UN team in Pakistan, led by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Julien Harneis, continues to help authorities to tackle the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic.

In Tonga, the UN teams continue to help address the impacts of the massive volcanic eruption and tsunami last month.

Today World Interfaith Harmony Week starts. Conceived to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence, the World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed by King Abdullah II of Jordan at the United Nations in 2010. It was quickly adopted by the UN General Assembly, calling on governments, institutions and civil society to observe it with various programs and initiatives that would promote the aim of the Week.

Bulgaria, Ireland and Namibia have paid their dues in full. To date, 41 Member States are inscribed on the Honour Roll.

Tomorrow’s noon briefing guest will be Brenda Barton, the World Food Programme Country Director for the Philippines. She will brief you virtually on the humanitarian situation in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette.