World Wildlife Day, South Sudan, Nigeria & other topics – Daily Briefing (3 March 2021)

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


    – Nigeria

    – South Sudan

    – Deputy Secretary-General/Africa

    – Covid-19/Schools

    – Africa/Covax

    – International Women’S Day

    – World Wildlife Day

    – Slavery

    – Libya

    – Press Briefing Tomorrow

    – Financial Contributions


    In Nigeria, humanitarians are concerned about the situation of thousands of internally displaced people and civilians in Dikwa, Borno State. following the recent attack there.

    Following intense attacks in Marte and surrounding areas since February 14th, nearly 3,400 displaced people, including more than 2,000 children, arrived in Dikwa. It is estimated that there are more than 76,000 internally displaced people in the town of Dikwa, due to the ongoing conflict since 2009.

    As of now, and following ongoing military operations on the ground, the UN, along with its partners, are unable to assess further the humanitarian situation.

    The UN reiterates its call on all armed parties to immediately stop the violence and ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, humanitarian assets as well as personnel.


    David Shearer addressed the Security Council for the last time as Head of the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

    He noted the first anniversary of the transitional government, adding that despite some positive steps, progress has been slow. There has been minimal progress on constitution-making, transitional justice, and economic reform, he said.

    Mr. Shearer also pointed out that the unification of forces has yet to happen, despite multiple self-imposed Government deadlines. As a result, thousands of troops are festering in cantonment sites without adequate shelter, health care or food.

    Ending on a personal note, Mr. Shearer told Council members that at the end of his four years in South Sudan, he looks back with a certain level of comfort about how far the country has come.

    There is a ceasefire, he said, a peace deal, a transitional Government, a Presidency, a Council of Ministers, Governors, and local leadership is slowly being installed. However, the reality is that the peace process remains extremely fragile. It is for those people that we, the international community, must remain united and committed to pushing the peace process forward, he said.


    The Deputy Secretary-General took part yesterday in the first annual meeting of a group of UN entities called the Regional Collaborative Platform.

    She said that Africa’s regional know-how, assets and policy expertise will be more systematically channeled to the Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams across the continent as they help countries ensure an inclusive and sustainable transition out of the COVID-19 crisis.

    The Regional Collaborative Platform brings together all UN entities working on development for the 2030 Agenda, addressing key challenges that transcend country borders – such as health and environment. It is chaired by Amina Mohammed.

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