Chair of Security Council’s Somalia Sanctions Committee Details Expert Group’s Findings on How Extremist Group Al-Shabaab Funds Activities

28 Oct

A group of United Nations-appointed experts detailed in its recent report how the Al-Shabaab extremist group raises funds for its activities, the Chair of the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolution 751 (1992) concerning Somalia said today, during a 28 October videoconference meeting.

Women, Children at Greater Risk of Being Trafficked, Enslaved as Pandemic Deepens, Experts Warn Third Committee amid Calls for Creating Regular Migration Channels

28 Oct

The COVID‑19 pandemic and the subsequent disruptions it has caused have heightened the risk of trafficking in persons and modern forms of slavery, experts warned the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today, as delegates engaged them in interactive dialogues, held virtually, on the broad theme of human rights.

COVID-19 ‘Wake-Up Call’ for Better International Technology Cooperation, Public Trust in Science, Secretary-General Tells High-Level Sustainable Development Dialogue

28 Oct

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ keynote video message to the high-level dialogue on sustainable development at the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Community, in Brussels today:

Huge Economic Relief Key to Avert Financial Ruin in Developing Countries amid COVID-19, Secretary-General Tells Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

28 Oct

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message to the virtual ministerial-level meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Council, held on 28 and 29 October:

Counselor Brechbühl’s Travel to Nigeria

27 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbühl visited Abuja, Nigeria from October 19 to October 23.  Counselor Brechbühl’s delegation included Assistant Secretary Robert Destro from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and Assistant Secretary Dr. Denise Natali from the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.  The delegation travelled to Nigeria to raise U.S. government concerns about ongoing violence in Nigeria, human rights, and religious freedom, and to enhance U.S.-Nigerian cooperation in preventing atrocities.  The delegation met with religious leaders, civil society figures, senior police officials, and government leaders, including the Vice President of Nigeria and the Foreign Minister, to identify ways we can work together to combat violence, promote security, and bolster economic recovery.

The delegation’s visit came during a tumultuous time for Nigeria with ongoing protests over police brutality and corruption.  In meetings with the government, Counselor Brechbühl expressed deep concern and condemned the use of excessive force by the military when it fired on unarmed protestors in Lagos on October 20.  He offered our deepest condolences to the victims of those shootings and their families.  The Counselor reiterated that those responsible should be held accountable under the law and emphasized that the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are human rights and core democratic principles.

In his meetings, Counselor Brechbühl reinforced our strong collaboration on common goals and shared U.S. concerns about ongoing violence in Northern Nigeria.  The delegation heard a wide range of perspectives regarding the drivers of, and solutions to, that violence and ways in which the United States can support those efforts.

As Nigeria starts its 60th year of independence, the visit reaffirmed the importance of our bilateral relationship.  The delegation emphasized the value of U.S. and Nigerian collaboration to improve security cooperation and strengthen economic partnership to foster mutual prosperity.

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Under Secretary Hale’s Call with Burmese State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi

27 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale spoke today with Burmese State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to reaffirm American support for democratic reforms and humanitarian relief efforts in Burma and a credible, transparent, and inclusive national election in November. Under Secretary Hale pressed the Burmese government to end conflict across the country and secure the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya and other refugees and internally displaced persons.

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