Holocaust & other topics – Daily Briefing (27 Jan 2021)

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    Daily Press Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General.

    – Secretary-General Press Conference

    – Holocaust

    – African/COVID-19 vaccine

    – Yemen

    – Syria

    – South Sudan

    – Somalia

    – Security Council

    – Brazil/COVID-19

    – Egypt/COVID-19

    – Children and Armed Conflict/Human Rights Council Report

    – Refugees

    – Honour Roll


    Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., the Secretary-General will hold a press conference on his priorities for 2021.

    Earlier in the day, he will deliver remarks to the General Assembly.


    Speaking by video message at the virtual event to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the Secretary-General paid tribute to the memory of all the victims of the Holocaust.

    Today’s meeting takes place under the shadow of the pandemic, he said. COVID-19 has put societies to the test, revealing longstanding fractures and injustices, adding that the pandemic has also contributed to a resurgence in xenophobia and hate speech, including antisemitism.

    In Europe, in the United States and elsewhere, white supremacists are organizing and recruiting across borders, shamelessly flaunting the symbols of the Nazis and their murderous ambitions.

    This must be a year of healing, he said.

    There is no vaccine for antisemitism and xenophobia, and the most effective weapon remains the facts and the truth, the Secretary-General concluded. The UN will continue to stand for the truth, and against lies, bigotry, antisemitism and hatred.


    The Secretary-General spoke by pre-recorded video message at a high-level webinar today on the African COVID-19 vaccine financing and deployment strategy.

    He again stressed the need for vaccines to be accessible and affordable to all, calling for everyone to work together to prioritize those most at risk in all countries and to close the financing gap.

    The Secretary-General commended the African Union’s efforts to secure an additional 270 million vaccine doses for African countries.

    He again called on all countries, economies, and manufacturers to work with and through the COVAX facility to realize the commitments of equitable access, especially for the most vulnerable.

    The Secretary-General said that, as additional vaccines come through the development pipeline, he calls on manufacturers to prioritize the review of data [by] the World Health Organization, so they can be deployed by COVAX as quickly as possible.

    Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=27%20January%202021

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