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  •   In the battle against Omicron vaccines remain the most effective public health intervention to protect people from COVID 19 TRIPOLI Libya January 31 2022 APO Group With the rapid spread of Omicron causing a sharp rise in cases worldwide and leaving health systems overwhelmed WHO urges wider access to available COVID 19 vaccine in countries with low coverage prioritizing groups at highest risk of severe illness and death Weeks after its declaration as a variant of concern VOC the highly transmissible Omicron is now reported by nearly every country in the world While Omicron s VOC generally causes less severe illness compared to Delta s VOC it can still lead to hospitalization and death particularly in those who are not vaccinated Although millions of people have been affected by this latest VOC around the world there is still good news that vaccines that have received the WHO Emergency Use List provide a high level of protection against serious illness and death caused by Omicron as they did with the previous VOCs In fact reports of death and hospitalization rates from Omicron remain relatively stable in countries where vaccination rates are high Since sudden infections in people who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from a previous infection are common with Omicron the WHO also recommends booster doses as coverage with the primary vaccination series is gradually increased for priority groups from highest to lowest risk to maximize impact The current focus must remain on reducing transmission increasing vaccine coverage preventing serious illness and death and protecting health systems Although the goal is for all countries to have vaccinated 70 of their population by mid 2022 123 of the 194 WHO Member States 63 4 had not yet vaccinated 40 of their population by mid January of 2022 with 36 not even having reached 10 Vaccine inequity is another major challenge threatening hard won gains with high income countries having administered approximately 14 times more doses per capita so far compared to low income countries Reports from January 24 report that 34 of the population in the Eastern Mediterranean Region is fully vaccinated and 8 is partially vaccinated Five countries need an additional 41 million doses to vaccinate 40 of their population while vaccination coverage remains below 10 in six countries WHO and its partners are making additional efforts to help these countries reach 40 coverage in the coming months Vaccine supply is not the only challenge in the Region Mass vaccination campaigns in countries with low coverage face the challenge of limited political attention low priority for vaccination reduced access to quality and convenient services emergency situations and security weak health system capacity vaccine hesitancy and poor community engagement Since its appearance SARS CoV 2 has continued to evolve To date the WHO has designated five variants of concern Alpha Beta Gamma Delta and Omicron due to their transmissibility severity of disease and or immune escape ability In the battle against Omicron vaccines remain the most effective public health intervention to protect people from COVID 19 Vaccination stimulates the body s immune response to the virus which not only protects against currently circulating variants including Omicron but is also likely to provide protection against future variants When it s your turn make sure you get vaccinated If your vaccination involves two doses it s essential to receive both while it also remains crucial to regularly comply with all public and social health measures for full protection
    Coronavirus: In the battle against Omicron, vaccines continue to offer important protection against COVID-19
      In the battle against Omicron vaccines remain the most effective public health intervention to protect people from COVID 19 TRIPOLI Libya January 31 2022 APO Group With the rapid spread of Omicron causing a sharp rise in cases worldwide and leaving health systems overwhelmed WHO urges wider access to available COVID 19 vaccine in countries with low coverage prioritizing groups at highest risk of severe illness and death Weeks after its declaration as a variant of concern VOC the highly transmissible Omicron is now reported by nearly every country in the world While Omicron s VOC generally causes less severe illness compared to Delta s VOC it can still lead to hospitalization and death particularly in those who are not vaccinated Although millions of people have been affected by this latest VOC around the world there is still good news that vaccines that have received the WHO Emergency Use List provide a high level of protection against serious illness and death caused by Omicron as they did with the previous VOCs In fact reports of death and hospitalization rates from Omicron remain relatively stable in countries where vaccination rates are high Since sudden infections in people who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from a previous infection are common with Omicron the WHO also recommends booster doses as coverage with the primary vaccination series is gradually increased for priority groups from highest to lowest risk to maximize impact The current focus must remain on reducing transmission increasing vaccine coverage preventing serious illness and death and protecting health systems Although the goal is for all countries to have vaccinated 70 of their population by mid 2022 123 of the 194 WHO Member States 63 4 had not yet vaccinated 40 of their population by mid January of 2022 with 36 not even having reached 10 Vaccine inequity is another major challenge threatening hard won gains with high income countries having administered approximately 14 times more doses per capita so far compared to low income countries Reports from January 24 report that 34 of the population in the Eastern Mediterranean Region is fully vaccinated and 8 is partially vaccinated Five countries need an additional 41 million doses to vaccinate 40 of their population while vaccination coverage remains below 10 in six countries WHO and its partners are making additional efforts to help these countries reach 40 coverage in the coming months Vaccine supply is not the only challenge in the Region Mass vaccination campaigns in countries with low coverage face the challenge of limited political attention low priority for vaccination reduced access to quality and convenient services emergency situations and security weak health system capacity vaccine hesitancy and poor community engagement Since its appearance SARS CoV 2 has continued to evolve To date the WHO has designated five variants of concern Alpha Beta Gamma Delta and Omicron due to their transmissibility severity of disease and or immune escape ability In the battle against Omicron vaccines remain the most effective public health intervention to protect people from COVID 19 Vaccination stimulates the body s immune response to the virus which not only protects against currently circulating variants including Omicron but is also likely to provide protection against future variants When it s your turn make sure you get vaccinated If your vaccination involves two doses it s essential to receive both while it also remains crucial to regularly comply with all public and social health measures for full protection
    Coronavirus: In the battle against Omicron, vaccines continue to offer important protection against COVID-19
    Africa8 months ago

    Coronavirus: In the battle against Omicron, vaccines continue to offer important protection against COVID-19

    In the battle against Omicron, vaccines remain the most effective public health intervention to protect people from COVID-19

    TRIPOLI, Libya, January 31, 2022/APO Group/ --

    With the rapid spread of Omicron causing a sharp rise in cases worldwide and leaving health systems overwhelmed, WHO urges wider access to available COVID-19 vaccine in countries with low coverage, prioritizing groups at highest risk of severe illness and death.

    Weeks after its declaration as a variant of concern (VOC), the highly transmissible Omicron is now reported by nearly every country in the world. While Omicron's VOC generally causes less severe illness compared to Delta's VOC, it can still lead to hospitalization and death, particularly in those who are not vaccinated.

    Although millions of people have been affected by this latest VOC around the world, there is still good news that vaccines that have received the WHO Emergency Use List provide a high level of protection against serious illness and death caused by Omicron, as they did with the previous VOCs. In fact, reports of death and hospitalization rates from Omicron remain relatively stable in countries where vaccination rates are high.

    Since sudden infections in people who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from a previous infection are common with Omicron, the WHO also recommends booster doses as coverage with the primary vaccination series is gradually increased for priority groups, from highest to lowest risk, to maximize impact.

    The current focus must remain on reducing transmission, increasing vaccine coverage, preventing serious illness and death, and protecting health systems.

    Although the goal is for all countries to have vaccinated 70% of their population by mid-2022, 123 of the 194 WHO Member States (63.4%) had not yet vaccinated 40% of their population by mid-January of 2022, with 36 not even having reached 10%.

    Vaccine inequity is another major challenge threatening hard-won gains, with high-income countries having administered approximately 14 times more doses per capita so far compared to low-income countries.

    Reports from January 24 report that 34% of the population in the Eastern Mediterranean Region is fully vaccinated and 8% is partially vaccinated. Five countries need an additional 41 million doses to vaccinate 40% of their population, while vaccination coverage remains below 10% in six countries. WHO and its partners are making additional efforts to help these countries reach 40% coverage in the coming months.

    Vaccine supply is not the only challenge in the Region. Mass vaccination campaigns in countries with low coverage face the challenge of limited political attention, low priority for vaccination, reduced access to quality and convenient services, emergency situations and security, weak health system capacity, vaccine hesitancy and poor community engagement.

    Since its appearance, SARS-CoV-2 has continued to evolve. To date, the WHO has designated five variants of concern: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Omicron, due to their transmissibility, severity of disease, and/or immune escape ability.

    In the battle against Omicron, vaccines remain the most effective public health intervention to protect people from COVID-19. Vaccination stimulates the body's immune response to the virus, which not only protects against currently circulating variants, including Omicron, but is also likely to provide protection against future variants.

    When it's your turn, make sure you get vaccinated: If your vaccination involves two doses, it's essential to receive both, while it also remains crucial to regularly comply with all public and social health measures for full protection.

  •   The humanitarian and development needs of the people of Sabha are recognized and understood by the UN TRIPOLI Libya January 30 2022 APO Group United Nations agencies reinforced their commitment to supporting people in southern Libya during a visit to Sabha by a UN delegation which included the UN Secretary General s Special Adviser on Libya Stephanie Williams the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Georgette Gagnon and representatives of the UN Country Team on January 26 In meetings with municipal officials women youth and civil society organizations UN agencies and their Sabha partners agreed to collaborate closely and coordinate in an intensified effort to address the long standing humanitarian needs and development challenges of the region The humanitarian and development needs of the people in Sabha are recognized and understood by the UN said Gagnon resident and humanitarian coordinator We reinforce our commitment to address those needs by supporting reconstruction and recovery in southern Libya closely linked to stabilization activities focused on national reconciliation human rights and social cohesion Municipal officials briefed Ms Gagnon and the UN country team on their needs in the region and discussed ways to increase UN support for health education water and sanitation services inclusive development projects on community stabilization rehabilitation of infrastructure including in schools and health facilities local governance and migration Ms Gagnon reported that of 47 specific needs previously identified by the municipality UN agencies were supporting half through projects that complemented the efforts of local authorities We are fully ready to continue our support for the people of the South through our joint initiatives with the aim of making a tangible difference to people s lives said Ms Gagnon The UN is committed to supporting local authorities to improve the delivery of basic services increase human security and create opportunities for better sustainable livelihoods In a meeting with civil society organizations providing services in the Sabha Ms Gagnon underlined the importance of listening to local partners and their vital role in promoting peace and resilience and pledged continued technical and financial support from the UN to help them implement community based projects initiatives with an emphasis on their priorities of building capacity among Libyan youth and empowering women in their roles as decision makers peacebuilders first responders and economic actors Participants agreed that reviving the economy in the south is essential not only to improve livelihoods but also to build peace The United Nations country team will continue to encourage entrepreneurship and invest in new businesses especially women owned UN agencies will also continue to support maternal and child health care services child protection and the fight against COVID 19 throughout southern Libya Municipal and medical officials also called for more UN assistance to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in the Sabha including internally displaced persons migrants and refugees particularly in the health sector New modalities of food assistance for IDPs vulnerable people migrants and refugees were discussed including switching to cash transfers that stimulate local markets and restore dignity and food assistance for training activities for youth and women
    UN Reinforces Commitment to Humanitarian Needs and Development Goals in Sabha
      The humanitarian and development needs of the people of Sabha are recognized and understood by the UN TRIPOLI Libya January 30 2022 APO Group United Nations agencies reinforced their commitment to supporting people in southern Libya during a visit to Sabha by a UN delegation which included the UN Secretary General s Special Adviser on Libya Stephanie Williams the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Georgette Gagnon and representatives of the UN Country Team on January 26 In meetings with municipal officials women youth and civil society organizations UN agencies and their Sabha partners agreed to collaborate closely and coordinate in an intensified effort to address the long standing humanitarian needs and development challenges of the region The humanitarian and development needs of the people in Sabha are recognized and understood by the UN said Gagnon resident and humanitarian coordinator We reinforce our commitment to address those needs by supporting reconstruction and recovery in southern Libya closely linked to stabilization activities focused on national reconciliation human rights and social cohesion Municipal officials briefed Ms Gagnon and the UN country team on their needs in the region and discussed ways to increase UN support for health education water and sanitation services inclusive development projects on community stabilization rehabilitation of infrastructure including in schools and health facilities local governance and migration Ms Gagnon reported that of 47 specific needs previously identified by the municipality UN agencies were supporting half through projects that complemented the efforts of local authorities We are fully ready to continue our support for the people of the South through our joint initiatives with the aim of making a tangible difference to people s lives said Ms Gagnon The UN is committed to supporting local authorities to improve the delivery of basic services increase human security and create opportunities for better sustainable livelihoods In a meeting with civil society organizations providing services in the Sabha Ms Gagnon underlined the importance of listening to local partners and their vital role in promoting peace and resilience and pledged continued technical and financial support from the UN to help them implement community based projects initiatives with an emphasis on their priorities of building capacity among Libyan youth and empowering women in their roles as decision makers peacebuilders first responders and economic actors Participants agreed that reviving the economy in the south is essential not only to improve livelihoods but also to build peace The United Nations country team will continue to encourage entrepreneurship and invest in new businesses especially women owned UN agencies will also continue to support maternal and child health care services child protection and the fight against COVID 19 throughout southern Libya Municipal and medical officials also called for more UN assistance to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in the Sabha including internally displaced persons migrants and refugees particularly in the health sector New modalities of food assistance for IDPs vulnerable people migrants and refugees were discussed including switching to cash transfers that stimulate local markets and restore dignity and food assistance for training activities for youth and women
    UN Reinforces Commitment to Humanitarian Needs and Development Goals in Sabha
    Africa8 months ago

    UN Reinforces Commitment to Humanitarian Needs and Development Goals in Sabha

    The humanitarian and development needs of the people of Sabha are recognized and understood by the UN

    TRIPOLI, Libya, January 30, 2022/APO Group/ --

    United Nations agencies reinforced their commitment to supporting people in southern Libya during a visit to Sabha by a UN delegation, which included the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Georgette Gagnon and representatives of the UN Country Team. on January 26.

    In meetings with municipal officials, women, youth and civil society organizations, UN agencies and their Sabha partners agreed to collaborate closely and coordinate in an intensified effort to address the long-standing humanitarian needs and development challenges of the region.

    “The humanitarian and development needs of the people in Sabha are recognized and understood by the UN,” said Gagnon, resident and humanitarian coordinator. "We reinforce our commitment to address those needs by supporting reconstruction and recovery in southern Libya, closely linked to stabilization activities focused on national reconciliation, human rights and social cohesion."

    Municipal officials briefed Ms. Gagnon and the UN country team on their needs in the region and discussed ways to increase UN support for health, education, water and sanitation services, inclusive development projects on community stabilization, rehabilitation of infrastructure, including in schools and health facilities. , local governance and migration. Ms. Gagnon reported that of 47 specific needs previously identified by the municipality, UN agencies were supporting half through projects that complemented the efforts of local authorities.

    “We are fully ready to continue our support for the people of the South through our joint initiatives with the aim of making a tangible difference to people's lives,” said Ms. Gagnon. "The UN is committed to supporting local authorities to improve the delivery of basic services, increase human security and create opportunities for better sustainable livelihoods."

    In a meeting with civil society organizations providing services in the Sabha, Ms. Gagnon underlined the importance of listening to local partners and their vital role in promoting peace and resilience and pledged continued technical and financial support from the UN to help them implement community-based projects. initiatives, with an emphasis on their priorities of building capacity among Libyan youth and empowering women in their roles as decision-makers, peacebuilders, first responders and economic actors.

    Participants agreed that reviving the economy in the south is essential not only to improve livelihoods but also to build peace. The United Nations country team will continue to encourage entrepreneurship and invest in new businesses, especially women-owned. UN agencies will also continue to support maternal and child health care services, child protection and the fight against COVID-19 throughout southern Libya.

    Municipal and medical officials also called for more UN assistance to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in the Sabha, including internally displaced persons, migrants and refugees, particularly in the health sector. New modalities of food assistance for IDPs, vulnerable people, migrants and refugees were discussed, including switching to cash transfers that stimulate local markets and restore dignity, and food assistance for training activities for youth and women.

  •   We will not hesitate to provide the necessary support whenever we have the opportunity to do so TRIPOLI Libya January 27 2022 APO Group Today the WHO and the National Petroleum Corporation NOC together with their international partners ENI Repsol and TotalEnergies signed a multi million dollar agreement to strengthen treatment services for children with cancer in Libya The health outcomes of children with cancer in Libya have been compromised by severe shortages of pediatric cancer drugs essential equipment and a shortage of trained staff including specialist pediatric oncologists The funding will ensure that 722 children enrolled for cancer treatment at major pediatric hospitals in Tripoli and Benghazi receive specialist care over a period of 18 months It is sobering to note that 80 of children in high income countries recover from cancer while less than 30 of children in low and middle income countries like Libya survive this deadly disease We are extremely grateful to the National Petroleum Corporation for their support of our critical work said Ms Elizabeth Hoff Chief of Mission and WHO Representative in Libya Ms Hoff added that WHO s goal was to give children with cancer in Libya the best possible chance of survival and enable them to live full and abundant lives WHO will use this generous donation to purchase medicines supplies and equipment for seven hospitals that treat childhood cancer patients The list of drugs to be purchased is based on detailed information received from each hospital on the types of cancer treated In close cooperation with the Bambino Gesu Hospital the largest pediatric hospital and research center in Italy WHO will also train Libyan health care teams in cancer treatment and palliative care WHO will also train hospital technicians on how to use and maintain the equipment provided Libyan hospitals lack sufficient capacity to treat this deadly disease Despite the scarcity of financial budgets needed by the NOC to operate and maintain what has been destroyed in recent years we have taken on the responsibility of saving and treating our dear children Today NOC is signing this very important agreement and has allocated this amount through the Department of Sustainable Development We will not hesitate to provide the necessary support whenever we have the opportunity to do so and I ask God to heal and preserve to all the children in Libya affected by this disease said Mr Mustafa Sanalla President of the NOC Board of Directors at the signing ceremony
    The National Oil Corporation in Libya donates US$ 5.7 million to WHO to relieve the suffering of children with cancer
      We will not hesitate to provide the necessary support whenever we have the opportunity to do so TRIPOLI Libya January 27 2022 APO Group Today the WHO and the National Petroleum Corporation NOC together with their international partners ENI Repsol and TotalEnergies signed a multi million dollar agreement to strengthen treatment services for children with cancer in Libya The health outcomes of children with cancer in Libya have been compromised by severe shortages of pediatric cancer drugs essential equipment and a shortage of trained staff including specialist pediatric oncologists The funding will ensure that 722 children enrolled for cancer treatment at major pediatric hospitals in Tripoli and Benghazi receive specialist care over a period of 18 months It is sobering to note that 80 of children in high income countries recover from cancer while less than 30 of children in low and middle income countries like Libya survive this deadly disease We are extremely grateful to the National Petroleum Corporation for their support of our critical work said Ms Elizabeth Hoff Chief of Mission and WHO Representative in Libya Ms Hoff added that WHO s goal was to give children with cancer in Libya the best possible chance of survival and enable them to live full and abundant lives WHO will use this generous donation to purchase medicines supplies and equipment for seven hospitals that treat childhood cancer patients The list of drugs to be purchased is based on detailed information received from each hospital on the types of cancer treated In close cooperation with the Bambino Gesu Hospital the largest pediatric hospital and research center in Italy WHO will also train Libyan health care teams in cancer treatment and palliative care WHO will also train hospital technicians on how to use and maintain the equipment provided Libyan hospitals lack sufficient capacity to treat this deadly disease Despite the scarcity of financial budgets needed by the NOC to operate and maintain what has been destroyed in recent years we have taken on the responsibility of saving and treating our dear children Today NOC is signing this very important agreement and has allocated this amount through the Department of Sustainable Development We will not hesitate to provide the necessary support whenever we have the opportunity to do so and I ask God to heal and preserve to all the children in Libya affected by this disease said Mr Mustafa Sanalla President of the NOC Board of Directors at the signing ceremony
    The National Oil Corporation in Libya donates US$ 5.7 million to WHO to relieve the suffering of children with cancer
    Africa8 months ago

    The National Oil Corporation in Libya donates US$ 5.7 million to WHO to relieve the suffering of children with cancer

    We will not hesitate to provide the necessary support whenever we have the opportunity to do so.

    TRIPOLI, Libya, January 27, 2022/APO Group/ --

    Today, the WHO and the National Petroleum Corporation (NOC), together with their international partners ENI, Repsol and TotalEnergies, signed a multi-million dollar agreement to strengthen treatment services for children with cancer in Libya.

    The health outcomes of children with cancer in Libya have been compromised by severe shortages of pediatric cancer drugs, essential equipment, and a shortage of trained staff, including specialist pediatric oncologists.

    The funding will ensure that 722 children enrolled for cancer treatment at major pediatric hospitals in Tripoli and Benghazi receive specialist care over a period of 18 months.

    It is sobering to note that 80% of children in high-income countries recover from cancer, while less than 30% of children in low- and middle-income countries like Libya survive this deadly disease.

    "We are extremely grateful to the National Petroleum Corporation for their support of our critical work," said Ms. Elizabeth Hoff, Chief of Mission and WHO Representative in Libya. Ms. Hoff added that WHO's goal was to give children with cancer in Libya the best possible chance of survival and enable them to live full and abundant lives.

    WHO will use this generous donation to purchase medicines, supplies and equipment for seven hospitals that treat childhood cancer patients. The list of drugs to be purchased is based on detailed information received from each hospital on the types of cancer treated.

    In close cooperation with the Bambino Gesu Hospital, the largest pediatric hospital and research center in Italy, WHO will also train Libyan health care teams in cancer treatment and palliative care. WHO will also train hospital technicians on how to use and maintain the equipment provided.

    "Libyan hospitals lack sufficient capacity to treat this deadly disease. Despite the scarcity of financial budgets needed by the NOC to operate and maintain what has been destroyed in recent years, we have taken on the responsibility of saving and treating our dear children. Today, NOC is signing this very important agreement and has allocated this amount through the Department of Sustainable Development. We will not hesitate to provide the necessary support whenever we have the opportunity to do so, and I ask God to heal and preserve to all the children in Libya affected by this disease," said Mr. Mustafa Sanalla, President of the NOC Board of Directors at the signing ceremony.

  •   HE Ambassador Al Dosari affirmed Qatar s commitment to support the Libyan people in accordance with constitutional norms TRIPOLI Libya January 22 2022 APO Group HE the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Libya Stephanie Williams met with HE the Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Libya Khalid Mohammed Al Dosari During the meeting they reviewed the bilateral cooperation relations between the State of Qatar and the UN and the latest events in Libya HE Ambassador Al Dosari affirmed Qatar s commitment to support the Libyan people in accordance with constitutional norms and the roadmap that guarantees a transparent electoral process that meets the aspirations of the Libyan people and preserves its interests and territorial integrity
    Special Adviser of UN Secretary-General on Libya Meets Qatar’s Ambassador
      HE Ambassador Al Dosari affirmed Qatar s commitment to support the Libyan people in accordance with constitutional norms TRIPOLI Libya January 22 2022 APO Group HE the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Libya Stephanie Williams met with HE the Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Libya Khalid Mohammed Al Dosari During the meeting they reviewed the bilateral cooperation relations between the State of Qatar and the UN and the latest events in Libya HE Ambassador Al Dosari affirmed Qatar s commitment to support the Libyan people in accordance with constitutional norms and the roadmap that guarantees a transparent electoral process that meets the aspirations of the Libyan people and preserves its interests and territorial integrity
    Special Adviser of UN Secretary-General on Libya Meets Qatar’s Ambassador
    Africa8 months ago

    Special Adviser of UN Secretary-General on Libya Meets Qatar’s Ambassador

    HE Ambassador Al Dosari affirmed Qatar's commitment to support the Libyan people in accordance with constitutional norms

    TRIPOLI, Libya, January 22, 2022/APO Group/ --

    HE the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Libya, Stephanie Williams, met with HE the Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Libya, Khalid Mohammed Al Dosari.

    During the meeting they reviewed the bilateral cooperation relations between the State of Qatar and the UN and the latest events in Libya.

    HE Ambassador Al Dosari affirmed Qatar's commitment to support the Libyan people in accordance with constitutional norms and the roadmap that guarantees a transparent electoral process that meets the aspirations of the Libyan people and preserves its interests and territorial integrity

  •   Ms Stephanie Williams and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya will continue to support a Libyan owned and led process to address remaining challenges TRIPOLI Libya December 23 2021 APO Group The Secretary General takes note of the announcement made on December 22 by the Libyan Higher National Electoral Commission that the House of Representatives must set a new date for the first round of the presidential elections The Secretary General congratulates the 2 8 million Libyans who have registered to vote It is imperative that the will of the people be respected Presidential and parliamentary elections must take place in Libya in the right conditions to peacefully end the political transition and transfer power to democratically elected institutions In this regard the Secretary General takes note of the recommendation of the Libyan Higher National Electoral Commission to the House of Representatives and welcomes its continued commitment to the ongoing presidential and parliamentary electoral process The Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Libya Ms Stephanie Williams and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya will continue to support a Libyan led and Libyan owned process to address remaining challenges and ensure the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections as soon as possible
    Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on Libya
      Ms Stephanie Williams and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya will continue to support a Libyan owned and led process to address remaining challenges TRIPOLI Libya December 23 2021 APO Group The Secretary General takes note of the announcement made on December 22 by the Libyan Higher National Electoral Commission that the House of Representatives must set a new date for the first round of the presidential elections The Secretary General congratulates the 2 8 million Libyans who have registered to vote It is imperative that the will of the people be respected Presidential and parliamentary elections must take place in Libya in the right conditions to peacefully end the political transition and transfer power to democratically elected institutions In this regard the Secretary General takes note of the recommendation of the Libyan Higher National Electoral Commission to the House of Representatives and welcomes its continued commitment to the ongoing presidential and parliamentary electoral process The Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Libya Ms Stephanie Williams and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya will continue to support a Libyan led and Libyan owned process to address remaining challenges and ensure the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections as soon as possible
    Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on Libya
    Africa9 months ago

    Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on Libya

    Ms Stephanie Williams and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya will continue to support a Libyan-owned and led process to address remaining challenges

    TRIPOLI, Libya, December 23, 2021 / APO Group / -

    The Secretary-General takes note of the announcement made on December 22 by the Libyan Higher National Electoral Commission that the House of Representatives must set a new date for the first round of the presidential elections.

    The Secretary-General congratulates the 2.8 million Libyans who have registered to vote. It is imperative that the will of the people be respected. Presidential and parliamentary elections must take place in Libya in the right conditions to peacefully end the political transition and transfer power to democratically elected institutions. In this regard, the Secretary-General takes note of the recommendation of the Libyan Higher National Electoral Commission to the House of Representatives and welcomes its continued commitment to the ongoing presidential and parliamentary electoral process.

    The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Libya, Ms Stephanie Williams, and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya will continue to support a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned process to address remaining challenges and ensure the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections. as soon as possible.

  •   I am ready to work with interested Libyan institutions and the wide range of stakeholders to address these challenges through good offices and mediation TRIPOLI Libya December 23 2021 APO Group At the request of the Secretary General I arrived in Libya on December 12 to lead the United Nations good offices and mediation efforts and engagements with Libyan and international stakeholders to achieve the implementation of the three track intra dialogue Libyans political security and economic and support the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya Over the past ten days I had the honor of meeting hundreds of people from all regions of Libya and traveling from Tripoli to Misrata Sirte and Benghazi These broad consultations in Libya included meetings with representatives of national and municipal institutions political security and civil society actors as well as with electoral candidates I was especially pleased to witness a change from a discourse of conflict to one of peaceful dialogue Even those who only last year had armed themselves against each other have continued to unite Tangible progress has been made since the signing of the ceasefire agreement in October 2020 and the adoption of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap in November 2020 both facilitated by the United Nations The ceasefire is maintained and a state of relative calm prevails throughout the country I was able to travel the coastal highway between Misrata and Sirte reopened thanks to the leadership and efforts of the 5 5 Joint Military Commission I was pleased to join a meeting with the Governor of the Central Bank and his deputy to discuss concrete steps to fully reunify this institution sovereign vital and await the full implementation of the recommendations produced by the audit review of the two branches of the bank Despite the many hardships many Libyans endure including in southern Libya and the pleas of those still displaced by the conflict that has torn the country apart for the past 10 years I have met many Libyans who have come to their senses of normality I have heard stories of separated families who were finally able to travel to visit relatives made possible by the ceasefire and the resumption of flights and the reopening of roads I have also heard time and again the overwhelming desire of Libyans to go to the polls to determine their future and end the long period of transition by holding inclusive free fair and credible elections I have also heard your genuine hopes that the elections should be part of the solution and not part of the problem in Libya as the Secretary General also pointed out On December 22 the National Electoral Commission announced that despite its technical preparation it cannot meet the December 24 2021 date set by the political roadmap for national elections Citing difficulties related to deficiencies in electoral legislation and the challenge process and appeals related to the eligibility of candidates the Commission has requested that the House of Representatives set another date for the first round of the presidential election within thirty days in accordance with the law taking the necessary measures to face the difficulties faced by the completion of the electoral process The United Nations takes note of the Commission s recommendation to the House of Representatives and welcomes its commitment to the ongoing electoral process and to the continued examination of the applications of candidates for parliamentary elections I am ready to work with interested Libyan institutions and the wide range of stakeholders to address these challenges through good offices and mediation I appeal to the institutions concerned to respect and support the will of the 2 8 million Libyans who registered to vote To contribute to a solution to the political crisis in Libya and to lasting stability presidential and parliamentary elections must take place under the right conditions with equal conditions for all candidates to peacefully end the political transition and transfer power to democratically elected institutions The current challenges in the electoral process should in no way be instrumentalized to undermine the stability and progress that has been made in Libya over the past 15 months I strongly urge the relevant institutions and all political actors to focus on the electoral process and on creating the political and security conditions to ensure the holding of inclusive free fair peaceful and credible elections the result of which is accepted everywhere
    Statement From The Special Adviser To The Secretary-General On Libya
      I am ready to work with interested Libyan institutions and the wide range of stakeholders to address these challenges through good offices and mediation TRIPOLI Libya December 23 2021 APO Group At the request of the Secretary General I arrived in Libya on December 12 to lead the United Nations good offices and mediation efforts and engagements with Libyan and international stakeholders to achieve the implementation of the three track intra dialogue Libyans political security and economic and support the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya Over the past ten days I had the honor of meeting hundreds of people from all regions of Libya and traveling from Tripoli to Misrata Sirte and Benghazi These broad consultations in Libya included meetings with representatives of national and municipal institutions political security and civil society actors as well as with electoral candidates I was especially pleased to witness a change from a discourse of conflict to one of peaceful dialogue Even those who only last year had armed themselves against each other have continued to unite Tangible progress has been made since the signing of the ceasefire agreement in October 2020 and the adoption of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap in November 2020 both facilitated by the United Nations The ceasefire is maintained and a state of relative calm prevails throughout the country I was able to travel the coastal highway between Misrata and Sirte reopened thanks to the leadership and efforts of the 5 5 Joint Military Commission I was pleased to join a meeting with the Governor of the Central Bank and his deputy to discuss concrete steps to fully reunify this institution sovereign vital and await the full implementation of the recommendations produced by the audit review of the two branches of the bank Despite the many hardships many Libyans endure including in southern Libya and the pleas of those still displaced by the conflict that has torn the country apart for the past 10 years I have met many Libyans who have come to their senses of normality I have heard stories of separated families who were finally able to travel to visit relatives made possible by the ceasefire and the resumption of flights and the reopening of roads I have also heard time and again the overwhelming desire of Libyans to go to the polls to determine their future and end the long period of transition by holding inclusive free fair and credible elections I have also heard your genuine hopes that the elections should be part of the solution and not part of the problem in Libya as the Secretary General also pointed out On December 22 the National Electoral Commission announced that despite its technical preparation it cannot meet the December 24 2021 date set by the political roadmap for national elections Citing difficulties related to deficiencies in electoral legislation and the challenge process and appeals related to the eligibility of candidates the Commission has requested that the House of Representatives set another date for the first round of the presidential election within thirty days in accordance with the law taking the necessary measures to face the difficulties faced by the completion of the electoral process The United Nations takes note of the Commission s recommendation to the House of Representatives and welcomes its commitment to the ongoing electoral process and to the continued examination of the applications of candidates for parliamentary elections I am ready to work with interested Libyan institutions and the wide range of stakeholders to address these challenges through good offices and mediation I appeal to the institutions concerned to respect and support the will of the 2 8 million Libyans who registered to vote To contribute to a solution to the political crisis in Libya and to lasting stability presidential and parliamentary elections must take place under the right conditions with equal conditions for all candidates to peacefully end the political transition and transfer power to democratically elected institutions The current challenges in the electoral process should in no way be instrumentalized to undermine the stability and progress that has been made in Libya over the past 15 months I strongly urge the relevant institutions and all political actors to focus on the electoral process and on creating the political and security conditions to ensure the holding of inclusive free fair peaceful and credible elections the result of which is accepted everywhere
    Statement From The Special Adviser To The Secretary-General On Libya
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    Statement From The Special Adviser To The Secretary-General On Libya

    I am ready to work with interested Libyan institutions and the wide range of stakeholders to address these challenges through good offices and mediation.

    TRIPOLI, Libya, December 23, 2021 / APO Group / -

    At the request of the Secretary-General, I arrived in Libya on December 12 to lead the United Nations good offices and mediation efforts and engagements with Libyan and international stakeholders to achieve the implementation of the three-track intra-dialogue. Libyans: political, security and economic. - and support the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya. Over the past ten days, I had the honor of meeting hundreds of people from all regions of Libya and traveling from Tripoli to Misrata, Sirte and Benghazi. These broad consultations in Libya included meetings with representatives of national and municipal institutions, political, security and civil society actors, as well as with electoral candidates.

    I was especially pleased to witness a change from a discourse of conflict to one of peaceful dialogue. Even those who only last year had armed themselves against each other have continued to unite. Tangible progress has been made since the signing of the ceasefire agreement in October 2020 and the adoption of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap in November 2020, both facilitated by the United Nations. The ceasefire is maintained and a state of relative calm prevails throughout the country. I was able to travel the coastal highway between Misrata and Sirte, reopened thanks to the leadership and efforts of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission. I was pleased to join a meeting with the Governor of the Central Bank and his deputy to discuss concrete steps to fully reunify this institution. sovereign vital and await the full implementation of the recommendations produced by the audit review of the two branches of the bank. Despite the many hardships many Libyans endure, including in southern Libya, and the pleas of those still displaced by the conflict that has torn the country apart for the past 10 years, I have met many Libyans who have come to their senses. of normality. I have heard stories of separated families who were finally able to travel to visit relatives, made possible by the ceasefire and the resumption of flights and the reopening of roads.

    I have also heard time and again the overwhelming desire of Libyans to go to the polls to determine their future and end the long period of transition by holding inclusive, free, fair and credible elections. I have also heard your genuine hopes that the elections should be part of the solution and not part of the problem in Libya, as the Secretary-General also pointed out.

    On December 22, the National Electoral Commission announced that despite its technical preparation, it cannot meet the December 24, 2021 date set by the political roadmap for national elections. Citing difficulties related to deficiencies in electoral legislation and the challenge process and appeals related to the eligibility of candidates, the Commission has requested that the House of Representatives set another date for the first round of the presidential election within thirty days. in accordance with the law, taking the necessary measures to face the difficulties faced by the completion of the electoral process. The United Nations takes note of the Commission's recommendation to the House of Representatives and welcomes its commitment to the ongoing electoral process and to the continued examination of the applications of candidates for parliamentary elections.

    I am ready to work with interested Libyan institutions and the wide range of stakeholders to address these challenges through good offices and mediation. I appeal to the institutions concerned to respect and support the will of the 2.8 million Libyans who registered to vote. To contribute to a solution to the political crisis in Libya and to lasting stability, presidential and parliamentary elections must take place under the right conditions, with equal conditions for all candidates to peacefully end the political transition and transfer power to democratically elected institutions.

    The current challenges in the electoral process should in no way be instrumentalized to undermine the stability and progress that has been made in Libya over the past 15 months. I strongly urge the relevant institutions and all political actors to focus on the electoral process and on creating the political and security conditions to ensure the holding of inclusive, free, fair, peaceful and credible elections, the result of which is accepted. everywhere.

  •   We reiterate UNSMIL s call for disagreements on emerging political or military issues to be resolved without resorting to violence TRIPOLI Libya December 22 2021 APO Group US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland urges calm and encourages action that can continue to ease the tense security situation in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya Now is not the time for unilateral actions or armed deployments that risk escalation and unintended consequences that harm the security of Libyans We reiterate UNSMIL s call for disagreements on emerging political or military issues to be resolved without resorting to violence At the same time work towards elections must be a priority in line with the strong wishes of public opinion Libyan leaders on behalf of the Libyan people must quickly address all legal and political obstacles to holding elections including finalizing the list of presidential candidates The United States shares the concern and disappointment of the vast majority of Libyans who look forward to a chance to vote for the future of their country At this critical moment in Libya s path forward it is more important than ever for Libyans to be vigilant about the spread of disinformation that only benefits those who wish to disrupt Libya s future progress
    Statement on the current situation of armed groups’ movements and the steps in the electoral process
      We reiterate UNSMIL s call for disagreements on emerging political or military issues to be resolved without resorting to violence TRIPOLI Libya December 22 2021 APO Group US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland urges calm and encourages action that can continue to ease the tense security situation in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya Now is not the time for unilateral actions or armed deployments that risk escalation and unintended consequences that harm the security of Libyans We reiterate UNSMIL s call for disagreements on emerging political or military issues to be resolved without resorting to violence At the same time work towards elections must be a priority in line with the strong wishes of public opinion Libyan leaders on behalf of the Libyan people must quickly address all legal and political obstacles to holding elections including finalizing the list of presidential candidates The United States shares the concern and disappointment of the vast majority of Libyans who look forward to a chance to vote for the future of their country At this critical moment in Libya s path forward it is more important than ever for Libyans to be vigilant about the spread of disinformation that only benefits those who wish to disrupt Libya s future progress
    Statement on the current situation of armed groups’ movements and the steps in the electoral process
    Africa9 months ago

    Statement on the current situation of armed groups’ movements and the steps in the electoral process

    We reiterate UNSMIL's call for disagreements on emerging political or military issues to be resolved without resorting to violence.

    TRIPOLI, Libya, December 22, 2021 / APO Group / -

    US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland urges calm and encourages action that can continue to ease the tense security situation in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya. Now is not the time for unilateral actions or armed deployments that risk escalation and unintended consequences that harm the security of Libyans. We reiterate UNSMIL's call for disagreements on emerging political or military issues to be resolved without resorting to violence.

    At the same time, work towards elections must be a priority, in line with the strong wishes of public opinion. Libyan leaders, on behalf of the Libyan people, must quickly address all legal and political obstacles to holding elections, including finalizing the list of presidential candidates. The United States shares the concern and disappointment of the vast majority of Libyans who look forward to a chance to vote for the future of their country.

    At this critical moment in Libya's path forward, it is more important than ever for Libyans to be vigilant about the spread of disinformation that only benefits those who wish to disrupt Libya's future progress.

  •   The Mission calls on all Libyan actors to exercise restraint at this delicate moment and to work together to create a political and security atmosphere TRIPOLI Libya December 21 2021 APO Group The United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL is concerned about the unfolding security situation in Tripoli The current mobilization of forces affiliated with different groups creates tensions and increases the risk of confrontations that could turn into conflicts Any disagreement on emerging political or military issues must be resolved through dialogue particularly at this stage when the country is going through a difficult and complex electoral process that must usher in a peaceful transition The events in Tripoli do not bode well for the ongoing efforts to maintain stability and establish political and security conditions conducive to peaceful credible inclusive free and fair elections They could also undermine the security gains Libya has made so far giving high level officials from around the world confidence to come to Tripoli to participate in the successful Libya Stabilization Conference in October The Mission calls on all Libyan actors to exercise restraint at this delicate time and to work together to create a political and security atmosphere that preserves Libya s progress and allows for peaceful elections and a successful transition The Special Adviser to the Secretary General for Libya Ms Stephanie Williams is currently engaging Libyan stakeholders to facilitate the achievement of this goal
    UNSMIL Statement on the Unfolding Security Situation in Tripoli
      The Mission calls on all Libyan actors to exercise restraint at this delicate moment and to work together to create a political and security atmosphere TRIPOLI Libya December 21 2021 APO Group The United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL is concerned about the unfolding security situation in Tripoli The current mobilization of forces affiliated with different groups creates tensions and increases the risk of confrontations that could turn into conflicts Any disagreement on emerging political or military issues must be resolved through dialogue particularly at this stage when the country is going through a difficult and complex electoral process that must usher in a peaceful transition The events in Tripoli do not bode well for the ongoing efforts to maintain stability and establish political and security conditions conducive to peaceful credible inclusive free and fair elections They could also undermine the security gains Libya has made so far giving high level officials from around the world confidence to come to Tripoli to participate in the successful Libya Stabilization Conference in October The Mission calls on all Libyan actors to exercise restraint at this delicate time and to work together to create a political and security atmosphere that preserves Libya s progress and allows for peaceful elections and a successful transition The Special Adviser to the Secretary General for Libya Ms Stephanie Williams is currently engaging Libyan stakeholders to facilitate the achievement of this goal
    UNSMIL Statement on the Unfolding Security Situation in Tripoli
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    UNSMIL Statement on the Unfolding Security Situation in Tripoli

    The Mission calls on all Libyan actors to exercise restraint at this delicate moment and to work together to create a political and security atmosphere.

    TRIPOLI, Libya, December 21, 2021 / APO Group / -

    The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is concerned about the unfolding security situation in Tripoli. The current mobilization of forces affiliated with different groups creates tensions and increases the risk of confrontations that could turn into conflicts. Any disagreement on emerging political or military issues must be resolved through dialogue, particularly at this stage when the country is going through a difficult and complex electoral process that must usher in a peaceful transition.

    The events in Tripoli do not bode well for the ongoing efforts to maintain stability and establish political and security conditions conducive to peaceful, credible, inclusive, free and fair elections. They could also undermine the security gains Libya has made so far, giving high-level officials from around the world confidence to come to Tripoli to participate in the successful Libya Stabilization Conference in October.

    The Mission calls on all Libyan actors to exercise restraint at this delicate time and to work together to create a political and security atmosphere that preserves Libya's progress and allows for peaceful elections and a successful transition. The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Libya, Ms Stephanie Williams, is currently engaging Libyan stakeholders to facilitate the achievement of this goal.

  •   The United States continues to support the vast majority of Libyans who want elections and cast their vote for the future of their country TRIPOLI Libya December 20 2021 APO Group Today US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland visited Tripoli for meetings with a focus on supporting the electoral process Ambassador Norland summarized the visit by noting that The United States continues to support the vast majority of Libyans who want elections and cast a vote for the future of their country An important conclusion from our visit is that Libyans and numerous Libyan institutions and organizations are working towards this goal We are working to be partners in this process allowing Libyans to make the decision We do not endorse any particular candidate but we support the process The United States will continue to work with Libyan leaders and institutions toward the goal of peaceful free fair inclusive and credible presidential and parliamentary elections that will pave the way for a unified and stable future for Libya The ambassador met with UN Special Adviser for Libya Stephanie Williams in order to align US efforts with UNSMIL on current challenges on the road to elections The president of HNEC Dr Emad al Sayeh and the regional director of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems IFES Amb Daniel Rubenstein accompanied the Ambassador for a demonstration of how a polling station will function on Election Day USAID and IFES projects support HNEC s technical role in ensuring voter participation including the participation of disabled voters At the same location the Ambassador met with high school students participating in an IFES sponsored civic education project for a discussion on the elections Ambassador Norland shared his hope for a bright and peaceful future for the children of Libya Ambassador Norland met with Abdulhamid Dabaiba for a discussion on key Libyan issues in the context of the election campaign The Ambassador shared the view of the United States that candidates campaign separately from their office or public office With a focus on the electoral process the Ambassador met with USAID partners in civil society who are involved in electoral awareness campaigns designed to encourage voter participation and USAID partner organizations that serve as national election observers in Libya These meetings demonstrated both the strong willingness of Libyans to vote in the elections and the competent preparations to ensure the integrity of the elections The ambassador ended the day at the Mitiga airport with the delivery of almost 1 2 million doses of Pfizer vaccines as a contribution to Libya s fight against the COVID 19 pandemic This is the second installment of Pfizer vaccines from the United States under the COVAX program UNICEF Special Representative Lana Wreikat and the Director of the National Center for Disease Control NCDC Dr Haider Al Sayeh were also present for the delivery of the vaccine contribution
    Ambassador Norland focused on the electoral process during today’s visit to Tripoli
      The United States continues to support the vast majority of Libyans who want elections and cast their vote for the future of their country TRIPOLI Libya December 20 2021 APO Group Today US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland visited Tripoli for meetings with a focus on supporting the electoral process Ambassador Norland summarized the visit by noting that The United States continues to support the vast majority of Libyans who want elections and cast a vote for the future of their country An important conclusion from our visit is that Libyans and numerous Libyan institutions and organizations are working towards this goal We are working to be partners in this process allowing Libyans to make the decision We do not endorse any particular candidate but we support the process The United States will continue to work with Libyan leaders and institutions toward the goal of peaceful free fair inclusive and credible presidential and parliamentary elections that will pave the way for a unified and stable future for Libya The ambassador met with UN Special Adviser for Libya Stephanie Williams in order to align US efforts with UNSMIL on current challenges on the road to elections The president of HNEC Dr Emad al Sayeh and the regional director of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems IFES Amb Daniel Rubenstein accompanied the Ambassador for a demonstration of how a polling station will function on Election Day USAID and IFES projects support HNEC s technical role in ensuring voter participation including the participation of disabled voters At the same location the Ambassador met with high school students participating in an IFES sponsored civic education project for a discussion on the elections Ambassador Norland shared his hope for a bright and peaceful future for the children of Libya Ambassador Norland met with Abdulhamid Dabaiba for a discussion on key Libyan issues in the context of the election campaign The Ambassador shared the view of the United States that candidates campaign separately from their office or public office With a focus on the electoral process the Ambassador met with USAID partners in civil society who are involved in electoral awareness campaigns designed to encourage voter participation and USAID partner organizations that serve as national election observers in Libya These meetings demonstrated both the strong willingness of Libyans to vote in the elections and the competent preparations to ensure the integrity of the elections The ambassador ended the day at the Mitiga airport with the delivery of almost 1 2 million doses of Pfizer vaccines as a contribution to Libya s fight against the COVID 19 pandemic This is the second installment of Pfizer vaccines from the United States under the COVAX program UNICEF Special Representative Lana Wreikat and the Director of the National Center for Disease Control NCDC Dr Haider Al Sayeh were also present for the delivery of the vaccine contribution
    Ambassador Norland focused on the electoral process during today’s visit to Tripoli
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    Ambassador Norland focused on the electoral process during today’s visit to Tripoli

    The United States continues to support the vast majority of Libyans who want elections and cast their vote for the future of their country.

    TRIPOLI, Libya, December 20, 2021 / APO Group / -

    Today, US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland visited Tripoli for meetings with a focus on supporting the electoral process.

    Ambassador Norland summarized the visit by noting that “The United States continues to support the vast majority of Libyans who want elections and cast a vote for the future of their country. An important conclusion from our visit is that Libyans and numerous Libyan institutions and organizations are working towards this goal. We are working to be partners in this process, allowing Libyans to make the decision. We do not endorse any particular candidate; but we support the process. "The United States will continue to work with Libyan leaders and institutions toward the goal of peaceful, free, fair, inclusive and credible presidential and parliamentary elections that will pave the way for a unified and stable future for Libya."

    The ambassador met with UN Special Adviser for Libya, Stephanie Williams, in order to align US efforts with UNSMIL on current challenges on the road to elections.

    The president of HNEC, Dr. Emad al-Sayeh, and the regional director of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Amb. Daniel Rubenstein accompanied the Ambassador for a demonstration of how a polling station will function on Election Day. USAID and IFES projects support HNEC's technical role in ensuring voter participation, including the participation of disabled voters. At the same location, the Ambassador met with high school students participating in an IFES sponsored civic education project for a discussion on the elections. Ambassador Norland shared his hope for a bright and peaceful future for the children of Libya.

    Ambassador Norland met with Abdulhamid Dabaiba for a discussion on key Libyan issues in the context of the election campaign. The Ambassador shared the view of the United States that candidates campaign separately from their office or public office.

    With a focus on the electoral process, the Ambassador met with USAID partners in civil society who are involved in electoral awareness campaigns designed to encourage voter participation, and USAID partner organizations that serve as national election observers in Libya. . These meetings demonstrated both the strong willingness of Libyans to vote in the elections and the competent preparations to ensure the integrity of the elections.

    The ambassador ended the day at the Mitiga airport with the delivery of almost 1.2 million doses of Pfizer vaccines as a contribution to Libya's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second installment of Pfizer vaccines from the United States under the COVAX program. UNICEF Special Representative Lana Wreikat and the Director of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Haider Al Sayeh, were also present for the delivery of the vaccine contribution.

  •   Libya has a long legacy of human rights violations and abuses against those who dare to speak up as documented by UNSMIL TRIPOLI Libya December 10 2021 APO Group On International Human Rights Day the co chairs of the Working Group on International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in the framework of the Berlin process the Netherlands Switzerland and UNSMIL called on the Libyan authorities to ensure that all Libyans can participate in a meaningful way in the construction of the country future As Libya prepares to hold elections and launch a process of national reconciliation protecting the rights of Libyans to free expression and peaceful assembly as well as other fundamental human rights is an essential foundation for the realization of a more successful country prosperous and peaceful the Netherlands Switzerland and UNSMIL said After 10 years of conflict decisive action is needed to ensure that all Libyans can benefit from the opportunity that this critical juncture creates In the year since a ceasefire was agreed and a political roadmap was adopted there have been significant improvements in security According to the roadmap of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and UN Security Council resolutions preparations for the presidential and parliamentary elections are progressing Libyan leaders have taken steps towards a process of national reconciliation and transitional justice with international support Around the world civil society organizations play crucial roles in ensuring credibility and local ownership of peace processes fair elections and the enactment of discrimination free development initiatives the co chairs stressed For current and future agreements in Libya to truly take hold the country s civil society must participate freely and safely Libya has a long legacy of human rights violations and abuses against those who dare to speak out as documented by UNSMIL the Independent Investigation Mission in Libya and other international and Libyan mechanisms Politicians human rights defenders civil society activists journalists and others continue to be subjected to targeted physical attacks enforced disappearances arbitrary arrests and detentions and prosecutions on trumped up charges Women leaders and activists face additional threats intimidation and harassment Hate speech even on social media is a permanent problem Regulations adopted by the Libyan authorities over the years have often resulted in severe restrictions on civic space In particular Decree 286 adopted in 2019 raises concern about the possible violation of civic freedoms and the ability of organizations to operate without prejudice Before the elections it was reported that civil society organizations had to renew their registration with the Civil Society Commission to be able to accredit themselves to the Higher National Electoral Commission HNEC as electoral observers Such registration requirements have been shown to create new and undue obstacles to civil society operations While the right of all governments to regulate civil society organizations within their territories is observed Libya s international legal commitments require the adoption of a legal framework for civil society that does not infringe on human rights and fundamental freedoms Of particular concern the Government of National Unity proposed a new regulation on association in Libya in July 2021 that would impose restrictive registration requirements and other obstacles for civil society groups Human rights groups have expressed serious reservations that the proposed regulation would contravene the Constitutional Declaration of 2011 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Libya is a state party In October 16 Libyan organizations and four Libyan public figures proposed text for a new bill on the regulation of civil society that could usefully serve to improve civic space rather than restrict it Libyans deserve to have their voice heard free from intimidation and fear said the co chairs of the Working Group To lay a just foundation for the future we call on the Libyan authorities to protect civil society enact adequate legislation that respects the rights of all Libyans to participate in public life and ensure accountability when these are violated Rights As co chairs of the Berlin Process Working Group we stand ready to help the authorities meet these goals The Working Group on International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in accordance with its mandate under the Berlin process and in cooperation with the Libyan authorities will continue to draw attention to specific human rights concerns to advance the political process in Libya This month the Task Force plans to facilitate inclusive dialogues between civil society and key stakeholders the results of which will be shared with Libyan policy makers and members of the Berlin process
    Statement On International Human Rights Day By Co-Chairs (Netherlands, Switzerland And Unsmil) Of International Humanitarian Law And Human Rights Working Group Of International Follow-Up Committee On Libya
      Libya has a long legacy of human rights violations and abuses against those who dare to speak up as documented by UNSMIL TRIPOLI Libya December 10 2021 APO Group On International Human Rights Day the co chairs of the Working Group on International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in the framework of the Berlin process the Netherlands Switzerland and UNSMIL called on the Libyan authorities to ensure that all Libyans can participate in a meaningful way in the construction of the country future As Libya prepares to hold elections and launch a process of national reconciliation protecting the rights of Libyans to free expression and peaceful assembly as well as other fundamental human rights is an essential foundation for the realization of a more successful country prosperous and peaceful the Netherlands Switzerland and UNSMIL said After 10 years of conflict decisive action is needed to ensure that all Libyans can benefit from the opportunity that this critical juncture creates In the year since a ceasefire was agreed and a political roadmap was adopted there have been significant improvements in security According to the roadmap of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and UN Security Council resolutions preparations for the presidential and parliamentary elections are progressing Libyan leaders have taken steps towards a process of national reconciliation and transitional justice with international support Around the world civil society organizations play crucial roles in ensuring credibility and local ownership of peace processes fair elections and the enactment of discrimination free development initiatives the co chairs stressed For current and future agreements in Libya to truly take hold the country s civil society must participate freely and safely Libya has a long legacy of human rights violations and abuses against those who dare to speak out as documented by UNSMIL the Independent Investigation Mission in Libya and other international and Libyan mechanisms Politicians human rights defenders civil society activists journalists and others continue to be subjected to targeted physical attacks enforced disappearances arbitrary arrests and detentions and prosecutions on trumped up charges Women leaders and activists face additional threats intimidation and harassment Hate speech even on social media is a permanent problem Regulations adopted by the Libyan authorities over the years have often resulted in severe restrictions on civic space In particular Decree 286 adopted in 2019 raises concern about the possible violation of civic freedoms and the ability of organizations to operate without prejudice Before the elections it was reported that civil society organizations had to renew their registration with the Civil Society Commission to be able to accredit themselves to the Higher National Electoral Commission HNEC as electoral observers Such registration requirements have been shown to create new and undue obstacles to civil society operations While the right of all governments to regulate civil society organizations within their territories is observed Libya s international legal commitments require the adoption of a legal framework for civil society that does not infringe on human rights and fundamental freedoms Of particular concern the Government of National Unity proposed a new regulation on association in Libya in July 2021 that would impose restrictive registration requirements and other obstacles for civil society groups Human rights groups have expressed serious reservations that the proposed regulation would contravene the Constitutional Declaration of 2011 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Libya is a state party In October 16 Libyan organizations and four Libyan public figures proposed text for a new bill on the regulation of civil society that could usefully serve to improve civic space rather than restrict it Libyans deserve to have their voice heard free from intimidation and fear said the co chairs of the Working Group To lay a just foundation for the future we call on the Libyan authorities to protect civil society enact adequate legislation that respects the rights of all Libyans to participate in public life and ensure accountability when these are violated Rights As co chairs of the Berlin Process Working Group we stand ready to help the authorities meet these goals The Working Group on International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in accordance with its mandate under the Berlin process and in cooperation with the Libyan authorities will continue to draw attention to specific human rights concerns to advance the political process in Libya This month the Task Force plans to facilitate inclusive dialogues between civil society and key stakeholders the results of which will be shared with Libyan policy makers and members of the Berlin process
    Statement On International Human Rights Day By Co-Chairs (Netherlands, Switzerland And Unsmil) Of International Humanitarian Law And Human Rights Working Group Of International Follow-Up Committee On Libya
    Africa10 months ago

    Statement On International Human Rights Day By Co-Chairs (Netherlands, Switzerland And Unsmil) Of International Humanitarian Law And Human Rights Working Group Of International Follow-Up Committee On Libya

    Libya has a long legacy of human rights violations and abuses against those who dare to speak up, as documented by UNSMIL.

    TRIPOLI, Libya, December 10, 2021 / APO Group / -

    On International Human Rights Day, the co-chairs of the Working Group on International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in the framework of the Berlin process (the Netherlands, Switzerland and UNSMIL) called on the Libyan authorities to ensure that all Libyans can participate in a meaningful way in the construction of the country. future.

    "As Libya prepares to hold elections and launch a process of national reconciliation, protecting the rights of Libyans to free expression and peaceful assembly, as well as other fundamental human rights, is an essential foundation for the realization of a more successful country. prosperous and peaceful, "the Netherlands, Switzerland, and UNSMIL said. "After 10 years of conflict, decisive action is needed to ensure that all Libyans can benefit from the opportunity that this critical juncture creates."

    In the year since a ceasefire was agreed and a political roadmap was adopted, there have been significant improvements in security. According to the roadmap of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and UN Security Council resolutions, preparations for the presidential and parliamentary elections are progressing. Libyan leaders have taken steps towards a process of national reconciliation and transitional justice, with international support.

    "Around the world, civil society organizations play crucial roles in ensuring credibility and local ownership of peace processes, fair elections, and the enactment of discrimination-free development initiatives," the co-chairs stressed. "For current and future agreements in Libya to truly take hold, the country's civil society must participate freely and safely."

    Libya has a long legacy of human rights violations and abuses against those who dare to speak out, as documented by UNSMIL, the Independent Investigation Mission in Libya and other international and Libyan mechanisms. Politicians, human rights defenders, civil society activists, journalists and others continue to be subjected to targeted physical attacks, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and prosecutions on trumped-up charges. Women leaders and activists face additional threats, intimidation and harassment. Hate speech, even on social media, is a permanent problem.

    Regulations adopted by the Libyan authorities over the years have often resulted in severe restrictions on civic space. In particular, Decree 286, adopted in 2019, raises concern about the possible violation of civic freedoms and the ability of organizations to operate without prejudice. Before the elections, it was reported that civil society organizations had to renew their registration with the Civil Society Commission to be able to accredit themselves to the Higher National Electoral Commission (HNEC) as electoral observers. Such registration requirements have been shown to create new and undue obstacles to civil society operations.

    While the right of all governments to regulate civil society organizations within their territories is observed, Libya's international legal commitments require the adoption of a legal framework for civil society that does not infringe on human rights and fundamental freedoms. .

    Of particular concern, the Government of National Unity proposed a new regulation on association in Libya in July 2021 that would impose restrictive registration requirements and other obstacles for civil society groups. Human rights groups have expressed serious reservations that the proposed regulation would contravene the Constitutional Declaration of 2011 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Libya is a state party. In October, 16 Libyan organizations and four Libyan public figures proposed text for a new bill on the regulation of civil society that could usefully serve to improve civic space, rather than restrict it.

    "Libyans deserve to have their voice heard, free from intimidation and fear," said the co-chairs of the Working Group. “To lay a just foundation for the future, we call on the Libyan authorities to protect civil society, enact adequate legislation that respects the rights of all Libyans to participate in public life, and ensure accountability when these are violated. Rights. As co-chairs of the Berlin Process Working Group, we stand ready to help the authorities meet these goals. "

    The Working Group on International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, in accordance with its mandate under the Berlin process and in cooperation with the Libyan authorities, will continue to draw attention to specific human rights concerns to advance the political process in Libya. This month, the Task Force plans to facilitate inclusive dialogues between civil society and key stakeholders, the results of which will be shared with Libyan policy makers and members of the Berlin process.