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UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed visits Nigeria

UN Under Secretary General Amina Mohammed has traveled to her home country of Nigeria on an official visit.

Mohammed left New York for Nigeria on Tuesday night, according to the secretary-general’s spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric.

Dujarric told reporters at the UN headquarters on Tuesday that Mohammed would meet with senior government officials during his visit.

The spokesman said the Nigerian-born UN official will also meet with the UN Global Compact private sector network, as well as the UN team on the ground.

“She will discuss a number of development issues, including accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals and climate change,” he said.

Giving an update on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia, Dujarric said that the World Food Program (WFP) reported that four convoys carrying humanitarian aid had arrived in Mekelle, in Tigray.

According to him, these arrivals have occurred since November 25.

“More than 150 trucks have arrived so far, and WFP sends more daily to meet the overwhelming needs of the 5.2 million people in Tigray.

“As you will recall, all the roads to Tigray had been closed for almost a month due to the fighting and the lack of proper authorizations.”

In Amhara, the spokesman said WFP had delivered food to 100,000 people in the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha last week.

He said these were the first distributions in these cities in nearly a month, adding that WFP and its partners will deliver relief food to more than 450,000 people in the next two weeks.

Dujarric said WFP had emphasized that the humanitarian response in Ethiopia continued to be threatened by insecurity, impeded road and air access, and a lack of fuel and cash.

“Call on the authorities to further facilitate the movement of supplies across the battle lines and to allow access to those in need where and when needed.

“WFP has more than 67,000 metric tons, or about 1,700 truckloads of supplies, stored in northern Ethiopia.

“This food is more than enough to meet the needs of 3.7 million people for two months, but it is hampered by fuel and access to people in need,” he said.

On South Sudan, Dujarric said the UN Peacekeeping Mission (UNMISS) reported that the country was responding to the worst floods in the past six decades, noting that the floods have displaced many people.

According to him, the heavy rains this weekend have made the main road that connects the city of Bentiu with the airport and the UN Mission base impassable.

“The Mission’s engineering contingent, with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), immediately deployed heavy equipment and water pumps.”

In Bentiu Dujarric said that the Mission also organized a forum to promote the global campaign of 16 Days of Activism against gender violence.

“More than 100 women leaders, community and traditional leaders, as well as representatives of youth participated in the event designed to encourage people to speak out and act against gender-based violence,” she said

Source: NAN

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