Chief Executives Board, Sudan, Afghanistan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General
This morning, the Secretary-General brought together, as he does twice a year, the heads of the UN system organizations in a virtual meeting of the Chief Executives Board (CEB). In Sudan, following the recent coup and the wave of protests in Khartoum and other Sudanese cities, the UN has seen yet again the de facto authorities use excessive force against protesters yesterday (17 November) resulting in the deaths of reportedly 15 people so far, and an unconfirmed number of injuries. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that aid operations continue across the country with new needs being identified in ongoing inter-agency assessments. Yesterday afternoon, Deborah Lyons, the head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan, briefed the Security Council and the press. The UN team in Myanmar remains deeply concerned by the continuing levels of people displaced internally, as well as by the worsening humanitarian needs due to conflict, political instability and COVID-19 since the military seized control of the Government on February 1st. The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet - the European Union, the Russian Federation, the United States, and the United Nations- met in person in Oslo. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UN peacekeeping colleagues repelled an attack by combatants from the armed group known as CODECO. This took place in Drodro, in the Ituri province. Today, the Government and humanitarian partners launched a revised Flash Appeal that seeks $231 million to provide assistance to 1.3 million people through May of next year. From the Maldives, the UN team there, led by Resident Coordinator Catherine Haswell, continues to support the country’s health and socioeconomic response to the pandemic. Tomorrow, guests at the noon briefing will be the head of UN Women, the head of UNICEF and the head of UNDP. They will be joined by the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to the UN, Olof Skoog to launch the Spotlight Initiative’s impact report for 20-21, 'Rising to the challenge'.