Nobel Peace Prize to WFP & other topics – Daily Briefing (09 October 2020)

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    Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Nobel Peace Prize/World Food Programme – Secretary-General/Africa – Security Council/Cyprus – Mali – Nagorno-Karabakh – Sudan Floods – COVID-19/Malawi – COVID-19/Lebanon – COVID-19/Migrants – World Post Day – Conventional Weapons Convenion – Mental Health – Burkina Faso NOBEL PEACE PRIZE/WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME  The Secretary-General is delighted by the decision of the Nobel Committee to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the UN World Food Programme. He warmly congratulates David Beasley, WFP’s Executive Director, and the entire staff of the World Food Programme.   The Agency is the world’s first responder on the frontlines of food insecurity, the Secretary-General said, adding that he has seen our WFP colleagues in the most remote and dangerous locations, serving the most vulnerable of this world with enormous courage, dedication and competence.  In a world of plenty, it is unconscionable that hundreds of millions go to bed each night hungry.  Millions more are now on the precipice of famine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Guterres said.    We know that achieving zero hunger is an imperative for peace. A hungry world is not a peaceful world, he concluded.  Also, this morning, in a tweet, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, warmly saluted David Beasley and our WFP colleagues. She said the Nobel peace prize recognizes their tireless efforts to ensure children and families have access to life-saving sustenance.    SECRETARY-GENERAL/AFRICA This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the second High-Level event on “Mobilizing with Africa” as part of the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.  The Secretary-General said that since the beginning of the crisis, African countries and the African Union have shown commendable leadership and unity in response to the pandemic. He stressed that the international community must continue to show commitment to Africa’s health and well-being.  The Secretary-General said the pandemic has resulted in acute liquidity constraints for African countries that without bold measures could spiral into a solvency crisis. He called on development partners to broaden the eligibility of the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative so that it includes all highly indebted and vulnerable countries that have been adversely affected by the emergency and also urged developed countries to support the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility, and to support efforts to prioritize green growth and environmental conservation.  He also reiterated the UN’s solidarity with the people and governments of Africa at this pivotal moment for the continent.  Full Highlights:

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