He notes that the co-chair nominated by the SNC submitted proposals on the working methods and that these had been rejected by the co-chair nominated by the Government of Syria. He also noted that he had submitted proposals as the facilitator and these had also been rejected by the co-chair nominated by the Government of Syria and accepted by the co-chair nominated by the SNC.
Mr. Pedersen believes that what has transpired in the week only underscores that the current mode of work needs to change.
I think a transcript is being prepared by our colleagues in Geneva of his remarks.
Turning to Libya. The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum will convene in Switzerland next week from 1 to 5 February. The session will be facilitated by the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and Head of Mission, Stephanie Williams.
The Forum is expected to vote on the positions of a three-member Presidency Council and the Prime Minister in accordance with the road map adopted by the Forum in Tunis in mid-November. This interim unified executive authority will be primarily tasked to lead Libya to national elections set for 24 December 2021 and to reunify State institutions.
A verification committee composed of three members of the Political Dialogue Forum will verify the candidacies submitted for the executive authority, in accordance with the new relevant requirements. That committee will then compile the final lists of candidates for the Presidency Council for each region and for the post of Prime Minister.
**Central African Republic
Turning to the Central African Republic: In the past two months, over 200,000 people have fled violence and insecurity in that country.
More than 90,000 of these people have sought refuge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Another 13,000 have crossed into Cameroon, Chad, and the Republic of Congo.
The others are displaced within the Central African Republic.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warns that tens of thousands of people are facing dire conditions and they are calling for more support for assistance to the displaced people and refugees.
The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) tells us they are continuing to support capacity-building for the country’s national armed forces. Earlier this week, 38 members of a battalion of the reconstituted Malian army, deployed in Timbuktu, have now completed a five-week training course.
Trainees were able to improve capacities in several operational areas, including the reaction to explosive devices. They followed training modules with instructors from the UN Mission’s Ivorian contingent.
Due to the pandemic, training is being done in groups, and will be offered to 130 members of the Malian army over the next five months.
Today, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced its 2021 Crisis Response Plans. IOM said it aims to assist an estimated 50 million people around the world who have been displaced or affected by crises. This will require $3 billion.
The head of the IOM, António Vitorino, said that COVID-19 has tragically increased the suffering and insecurity facing hundreds of millions of people around the world. He also called on the international community to step up their efforts by supporting the organization’s 2021 Crisis Response Plans.
And you saw that yesterday, on Myanmar, we issued a statement in which the Secretary-General said he is following recent developments in the country with great concern.
He urges all to desist from any form of incitement or provocation, to demonstrate leadership, and to adhere to democratic norms and respect the outcome of the 8 November general election. All electoral disputes should be resolved through established legal mechanisms, he said.
He also reaffirmed the support of the United Nations to the people and Government of Myanmar in their pursuit of peace, inclusive sustainable development, humanitarian action, human rights and the rule of law.
We also issued a statement yesterday afternoon in which the Secretary-General welcomed the announcement of the Biden-Harris Administration to restore funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The decision will transform and save women’s and girls’ lives across the world, from the most pressing humanitarian emergencies to the most remote and hard-to-reach communities, and everywhere in between.
That statement was shared with you.
**Secretary-General — Vaccine
And also, you will have seen the exciting photos and video of the Secretary-General getting his first dose of his COVID-19 vaccine yesterday.
He received it at the Adlai E. Stevenson High School in the Bronx.
Afterwards, he expressed his gratitude to the City of New York and the wonderful staff at the vaccination centre.