Nigeria, Climate, Myanmar & other topics – Daily Briefing (26 February 2021)

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

    Highlights:

    – Nigeria

    – Climate

    – Myanmar

    – Myanmar/Humanitarian

    – Middle East

    – Yemen

    – Migrant Children

    – Centreal African Rpublic

    – Armenia/Azerbaijan

    – Cote D’Ivoire/Vaccination

    – Secretary-General/Vaccine

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    NIGERIA You will have seen the reports of a mass abduction of girls from a school in Zamfara in Nigeria. I can tell you that the Secretary-General condemns this in the strongest possible terms and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.  As we’ve said before, schools should always remain safe spaces to learn without fear of violence. A full statement will be coming shortly from the Secretary-General on this. According to UNICEF in Nigeria, this latest attack happened overnight at the Government’s Girls Secondary School in Jangebe in north-west Nigeria.  Peter Hawkins, the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, called on those responsible to release the girls immediately and for the government to take steps to ensure their safe release and the safety of other schoolchildren in the country.

    CLIMATE This morning the Secretary-General released a statement on the UNFCCC’s Initial Nationally Determined Contributions Synthesis Report, which was released this morning. The Secretary-General said the report is a red alert for our planet. It shows governments are nowhere close to the level of ambition needed to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.    He called for major emitters to step up with much more ambitious emissions reductions targets for 2030 in their Nationally Determined Contributions as well for the November UN Climate Conference in Glasgow in the UK.  “Decision makers must walk the talk,” he said.  MYANMAR The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, briefed the General Assembly virtually this morning.  She said, she again strongly condemned the recent steps taken by the military and urged Member States to collectively send a clear signal in support of democracy there.   There is no justification for the military’s actions, and we must continue to call for the reversal of this impermissible action, exhausting all collective and bilateral channels to restore Myanmar’s path on democratic reform, she said. 

    MYANMAR/HUMANITARIAN On the ground the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says conflict continues to cause civilian casualties and displace people across Myanmar.  More than 2,000 people were displaced in northern Shan state in February due to clashes involving the Myanmar Armed Forces and ethnic armed organizations. Nine civilians were reportedly killed, and eight others injured, including children, in clashes in two towns in northern Shan on 5 February.   Our humanitarian colleagues are also concerned about the continued fighting in south-eastern Myanmar. More than 5,000 people are reportedly displaced in Kayin State and the Bago region due to fighting between the army and the Karen National Union.   Despite facing challenges – including the closure of banks as well as concerns for staff safety and security – we along with our humanitarian partners continue to deliver aid and protection services in conflict-affected areas.    We continue to call for safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all areas where humanitarian needs are, and for all parties to the conflict to take every precaution to prevent civilian harm. The Humanitarian Response Plan for Myanmar for this year needs $267.5 million to help nearly 1 million people in conflict areas of Myanmar.

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