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Senior Personnel Appointment, Secretary-General, Afghanistan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General
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Following consultations with the Executive Board of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Secretary-General is pleased to reappoint Dr. Natalia Kanem of Panama as Executive Director of UNFPA for a second term of four years. On Saturday, the Secretary-General will be going to Barbados to take part in the opening ceremony of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, known as UNCTAD15. In September the World Food Programme provided three million people with food assistance, double the number of people reached in August. This included 1.5 million women and girls, and 1.5 million men and boys. Moving to Syria, we are concerned about the dire situation of civilians in the northwest where hostilities, an economic crisis and COVID have made the situation of already vulnerable people even more difficult. Our UN team and humanitarian partners in the country are continuing to support the Government-led efforts to respond to the needs of half a million people affected by the August earthquake. We have a new Resident Coordinator to announce: Jaap van Hierden of The Netherlands is our new Resident Coordinator who will lead a new multi-country office to serve Micronesia. This includes Kiribati, Nauru, Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, in addition to the Federated States of Micronesia. Today is the International Day of Older Persons. This year’s theme is “Digital equality for all ages.”
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