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30 November 2021


African Union/UN Conference, Secretary-General/G77 & other topics - Daily Press Briefing


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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Tomorrow, the fifth African Union – United Nations Conference will take place here, at the Secretariat.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Group of 77 and China, which he called a steadfast supporter of multilateralism and the United Nations. He said their founding principles of unity, complementarity, cooperation and solidarity are especially relevant in these times of crisis.

Also today, the Secretary-General spoke in a video message to the Planet Budapest Sustainability Expo and Summit. He said that as we’re reeling from COVID-19 and careening towards climate catastrophe, we must all act with greater ambition and urgency.

This evening, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will depart to Nigeria, where she will have meetings with senior Government officials, the UN Global Compact private sector network, as well as the UN team on the ground.

Tor Wennesland, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council this morning that we face a series of heightened and interrelated risks across the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair (OCHA) today said that temperatures have already dipped below zero in the country and people are in need of winter clothing, emergency shelter, heating and fuel, as well as rental support.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today said that they are responding to the worst floods in the last six decades in Unity State. This flooding has led to many people being displaced.

From Ethiopia, the World Food Programme (WFP) today said that four convoys carrying humanitarian aid have arrived in Mekelle, in Tigray, since November 25th.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani, today launched the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan in a call to alleviate the suffering of 2.9 million conflict-weary people in eastern part of Ukraine.

Today is the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General says that this is an occasion to pay tribute to those who lost their lives or suffered from these heinous weapons; to assess our progress in preventing their use; and to renew our commitment to achieving a world free of chemical weapons.

Tomorrow, at 2:00 p.m., Ambassador Abdou Abarry, Permanent Representative of Niger to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of December will brief journalists on the Council’s programme for the month.