Ethiopia, Venezuela, Niger & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
Speaking to a high-level meeting of the Security Council on exclusion, inequality and conflicts, the Secretary-General first reminded all Council members that for the poorest and most vulnerable people, the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified misery and inequalities. The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, wrapped up a four-day visit to Ethiopia yesterday. Today, a three-member Panel of Electoral Experts began deploying in Venezuela. The Panel will undertake an independent technical assessment of the electoral system in the context of the 21 November regional and municipal elections, which will take place in Venezuela. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamat Annadif, expressed his solidarity with the families of the victims, the Government and the people of Niger following the horrendous fire that took place in a school in Maradi, where more than 20 children died. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today said that since Sunday night, at least 11,000 people have fled fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and sought refuge across the border into Uganda. The World Food Programme (WFP) is ramping up its support for people affected by the third consecutive year of record floods in South Sudan. The flooding could potentially swallow up large swaths of farmland and pastures, destroy crops, and drown livestock and entire villages. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), along with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today said that they are alarmed by the latest reports from the Belarus-Poland border. The two Agencies said that yesterday, reports surfaced of a large group of migrants and refugees, among them women and children, on the Belarusian side of the border moving towards the international border crossing with Poland - named “Bruzgi”. This afternoon, the 11th UN Woman Police Officer of the Year will be awarded to Superintendent Sangya Malla of Nepal. She currently serves with our peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Tomorrow at 11 a.m., there will be a hybrid briefing sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Spain entitled “Multilateralism must deliver: Club de Madrid's contributions to the OCA”. Speakers will be Danilo Türk, the President of Club de Madrid, and Danilo and Yves Leterme, a member of Club de Madrid.