End coal use appeal, Nigeria, COVAX & other topics – Daily Briefing (2 March 2021)

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

    Highlights:

    – Ecuador

    – Climate

    – Yemen

    – Nigeria/Humanitarian

    – Nigeria/Schoolgirls

    – Nigeria/COVAX

    – Central African Republic

    – Ethiopia

    – Eastern Africa/Appeal

    – Myanmar

    – Libya

    – Ukraine

    – Technology

    – Financial Contributions

    ECUADOR

    The Secretary-General today welcomed the holding of peaceful general elections on 7 February and took note of the announcement of the official results by the National Electoral Council on 21 February. He trusts that the Electoral Disputes Tribunal will address any complaints promptly and diligently. 

    The Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to act responsibly and with respect for the institutional and legal frameworks during the period leading up to the holding of the presidential run-off election on 11 April.

    CLIMATE

    This morning, the Secretary-General spoke by video message to the Powering Past Coal Alliance virtual Summit hosted by Canada and the United Kingdom.

    The Secretary-General called on governments, private companies and local authorities to take three steps: first, to cancel all global coal projects in the pipeline and to end the deadly addiction to coal. He urged all countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to commit to phasing out coal by 2030 and urged non-OECD countries to do so by 2040.

    Second, to end the international financing of coal plants and shift investment to renewable energy projects.

    And third, to jump-start a global effort to finally organize a just transition, going coal plant by coal plant if necessary.

    YEMEN

    Yesterday afternoon, following the High-Level Pledging Event on Yemen, the Secretary-General said that the outcome was disappointing. The Secretary-General warned that cutting aid is a death sentence He thanked those who did pledge generously, and he asked others to consider again what they can do to help stave off the worst famine the world has seen in decades.

    Pledges announced totaled approximately $1.7 billion. This is less than what was received for the humanitarian response plan in 2020, the Secretary-General said – and a billion dollars less than was pledged at the conference we held in 2019.

    NIGERIA/HUMANITARIAN

    The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, today strongly condemned the attack by armed groups in Dikwa in Borno State. Several aid facilities were attacked during that incident.

    We are still receiving information from the attack, which started last night. The premises of several aid agencies and a hospital were reportedly set ablaze or sustained damage.

    Mr. Kallon expressed concerns about the safety and security of civilians in Dikwa, including the internally displaced people that are inside and outside the camps, as well as the thousands of people who had returned to the community after years of being displaced.

    He said that this violent attack will impact the support provided to nearly 100,000 people who are desperately in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic could spread in Borno State.

    Mr. Kallon stressed that civilians and aid workers, their facilities and assets should never be a target and must be protected at all times. He called on all armed parties to immediately stop the violence and respect international humanitarian and human rights law and ensure the protection of civilians and humanitarian workers.

    Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=02%20March%202021

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