Mali, CAR, Climate Adaptation & other topics – Daily Briefing (14 January 2021)

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

    Highlights:

    – Personnel Appointments

    – Resident Coordinators

    – Mali

    – Central African Republic

    – Yemen

    – Libya

    – Tunisia

    – Ethiopia

    – Climate Adaptation

    – Briefings Tomorrow

    PERSONNEL APPOINTMENTS

    The Secretary-General is appointing Bintou Keita of Guinea as his Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She will head up the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission better known as MONUSCO. 

    Ms. Keita succeeds Leila Zerrougui of Algeria, who will complete her assignment next month. The Secretary-General is deeply grateful to Ms. Zerrougui for her important contribution and service to MONUSCO. 

    Ms. Keita brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in peace, security, development, humanitarian and human rights, working in conflict and post-conflict environments.

    We congratulate our friend Bintou for this very important assignment and also express our thanks to Leila Zerrougui whom we have worked here quite a bit and whose work we appreciated deeply.

    RESIDENT COORDINATORS

    The UN Development Coordination Office said we have three new UN Resident Coordinators – in Benin, Egypt and Nepal.   

    The Secretary-General has appointed Salvator Niyonzima of Burundi to serve in Benin; Elena Panova of Bulgaria will lead the UN team in Egypt; and Sara Beysolow Nyanti of Liberia will head the UN office in Nepal. This follows confirmation from the respective host governments. 

    As you know, Resident Coordinators are the Secretary-General’s designated representatives for development at the country level. They lead UN teams in supporting countries to respond to and recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    We remain happily with full gender parity and North-South balance among all our Resident Coordinators who cover 162 countries and territories around the world.

    MALI

    In a statement we issued last night, the Secretary-General strongly condemned yesterday’s attack by unidentified armed combatants against a UN convoy in the Timbuktu region of Mali.

    This morning, we have learned from the Mission that sadly, a fourth Ivorian peacekeeper has died from his injuries overnight in Bamako. 

    Five peacekeepers were injured in the attack, three of them are being evacuated to Dakar for further medical treatment.  

    The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the bereaved families as well as to the people and Government of Côte d’Ivoire. He wishes speedy and full recovery to the injured peacekeepers.

    The Secretary-General said that attacks against UN peacekeepers may constitute a war crime. He calls on the Malian authorities to spare no effort in identifying and promptly bringing to justice the perpetrators of this heinous attack.  

    The Secretary-General reaffirms the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Government of Mali.

    Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=14%20January%202021

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