Ethiopia Detained Staff, Colombia, Somalia & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Daily Press Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.


The Secretary-General will visit Colombia from 23-24 November in celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of the signing of the landmark 2016 Final Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the former FARC-EP.

From Somalia, the Federal Government and the humanitarian community today jointly said that they are alarmed at the rapidly worsening drought in the country.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, David McLachlan-Karr, condemned in the strongest terms a deadly attack that took place a few days ago on 11 November 11 on the village of Kisunga in the territory of Beni in North Kivu.

On Afghanistan, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said it is helping farmers and herders, as the people of the country face widespread drought, the collapse of rural livelihoods and widespread economic upheaval.

The UN team in Barbados and 10 Eastern Caribbean countries and territories today launched a new initiative to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

Today is a very important day – it is World Toilet Day. In his message, the Secretary-General says that life without a toilet is dirty, dangerous and undignified.

Our guests on Monday will be the Under-Secretary-Generals Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Atul Khare and Catherine Pollard – for the Peacekeeping, Operational Support and Management departments.

***The guests at the Noon Briefing were Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women; Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); and Olof Skoog, Ambassador, European Union Delegation to the United Nations. They spoke to reporters on the launch of the Spotlight Initiative’s impact report for 2020-2021, called 'Rising to the Challenge'.