Elections Cote d’Ivoire & other topics – Daily Briefing (30 October 2020)

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    Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Secretary-General/Cote D’Ivoire – Central African Republic – Iraq – Viet Nam – Staff Security – Police Officer – COVID-19/Brazil – World Cities Day SECRETARY-GENERAL/COTE D’IVOIRE On the eve of the presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire, the Secretary-General calls on all Ivorians to ensure that the polls are conducted in a peaceful manner. The Secretary-General urges all political and opinion leaders and their supporters to refrain from inciting violence, spreading misinformation and using hate speech. He encourages the authorities, including the security forces, to provide a safe and secure environment and to protect and uphold human rights throughout the electoral process. The Secretary-General strongly encourages the political leaders and their parties to resolve any disputes that may arise through dialogue and he reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to support the country’s efforts to consolidate democratic gains and national cohesion. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC In Central African Republic, today, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, wrapped up a three-day visit to the country, as part of a joint mission with Smaїl Chergui, the African Union Commission Peace and Security Commissioner, as well as the President of the Economic Community of Central African States Commission (ECCAS), Gilberto Da Piedade Veríssimo. They met with the President, government officials, and a broad range of civil society actors to discuss the electoral process and the implementation of the Political Agreement signed last year. In a statement issued today, the three called on national stakeholders to promote dialogue and consensus for the holding of peaceful, free, inclusive and transparent elections. They reiterated that the Political Agreement remains the primary framework for restoring and sustaining peace in the country. They also acknowledged progress and invited signatories to redouble efforts to implement the Agreement. The three principals also condemned violence perpetrated by some armed groups against civilian population, humanitarian personnel and UN peacekeepers, calling them to adhere to the Secretary-General’s global ceasefire. They also expressed their solidarity to the people and Government of the Central African Republic in their fight against COVID-19. Mr. Lacroix will travel to Portugal next week, where he will meet with government officials and is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at a conference on the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, on women, peace and security. IRAQ In a decision taken independently of the United Nations, the Government of Iraq has announced its intention to close multiple camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) by the end of 2020. Several camp closures and consolidations have taken place within the last several days, and the Government has signaled that more should be expected. We are supporting IDP returns that are safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable. The UN maintains its mandate to coordinate with the Government on issues of humanitarian assistance, and it is working to ensure that IDPs who have left camps and are returning home have access to necessary support while en route and upon arrival. We are also tracking developments closely and have been in constant communication with the Government of Iraq on planning for longer-term durable solutions for all vulnerable (IDPs) in the country. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=30%20October%202020

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